BERLIN — It’s been three months since a tragic accident on US Route 113 left one teen injured and took the life of another, but community uproar sparked by the accident has resulted in major changes to pedestrian safety, including a crosswalk and lower speed limit, along the highway as it passes the town of Berlin.
“If it hadn’t been for the whole town coming together, nothing would have happened,” said Patricia Dufendach, chair of the Pedestrian Safety Committee, at Monday’s Mayor and Council meeting. “That, I’ve discovered, is the key to any endeavor: to be united, be clear in what you want and you can get things done because I have some very good news for you tonight.”
Residents and town leadership in Berlin were crystal clear with what they wanted — stoplights, crosswalks and lower speed limits along Route 113. The State Highway Administration (SHA) will not be granting all of the safety committee’s requests, but Dufendach confirmed Monday that a crosswalk at the intersection of Bay Street and Route 113 should be in place by mid-March as well as an extended sidewalk.