Musicians sometimes end their concert performances with thanks and advice for the crowd: "Thank you! Drive safely!"
At the publicly owned Pavilion at Montage Mountain, a more appropriate send-off should include "Walk safely!"
Due to traffic congestion in and out of the venue, patrons for big shows often decide to park at PNC Field, when it's available, and make the two-mile hike to the amphitheater rather than waiting for shuttles. Unfortunately, Montage Mountain Road between the two sites was not built to accommodate pedestrians, making the hike a particularly dangerous trek. Last year, a concertgoer was struck by a vehicle and killed while walking down the mountain after a performance by country artist Jason Aldean.
The Lackawanna County commissioners have made a good call in deciding to alter that two-mile stretch in a way that likely will slow traffic, while separating pedestrians from vehicles with a guide rail and raised curbs. The project, which is scheduled for completion in July, will cost about $310,000 - a modest cost for a badly needed safety upgrade.