The city and state transportation department will focus on making several locations across Rockland safer for pedestrians.

The Maine Department of Transportation and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine held their last of 14 forums across the state Thursday night, Dec. 7, at Oceansde High School's cafeteria to seek public input on ways to make communities safer for pedestrians.

Seventy-five people turned out for the Rockland meeting. The turnout at the Rockland forum was the largest of any of the 14. City councilors, City Manager Manager Tom Luttrell, Police Chief Bruce Boucher and Public Services Director David St. Laurent were in attendance.

Boucher said 10 locations were identified as requiring to be examined for improvements. The DOT will report back to the city with recommendations on making improvements.

The 10 locations include Main Street from Park Street to the Maine State Ferry Terminal, the intersection of Union and Rankin streets,  Maverick Street from Camden Street to North Main Street, Park Street from Union to Main, North Main, Main Street by The Home Kitchen Cafe, the intersection of Broadway and Thomaston Street, the intersection of Main and Limerock Street, the intersection of Limerock and Broadway, and the intersection of Park and Broad Street.

Two intersections that have already been identified for upgrades are Park and Main streets, and Broadway and Thomaston Street. Both projects are scheduled to be done in the spring.

For Park and Main,the city received an $80,000 grant from the state. The upgrade will include moving the crosswalk in front of the Brass Compass closer to the intersection.

The crosswalk signals in the city will be examined to make sure they are working properly. The sidewalks adjacent to crosswalks will be made compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The police chief said the downtown crosswalks will be studied to make sure there are adequate sight lines for motorists to see people walking into the crosswalks from sidewalks. He said some parking spaces may be lost to ensure that sight lines are adequate.

At Thomaston and Broadway, a new traffic light will be erected. The current one uses coils under the road, but those are not as reliable and are more expensive to maintain. The planned new one would use cameras to detect motion.