Pedestrian Beacons Activated in Santa Cruz On Mission St. (Hwy.1) as Safety Enhancement Project Continues
A project to enhance safety for pedestrian crossings on Mission St. (Hwy. 1) in Santa Cruz continues with the activation today of pedestrian hybrid beacons on Mission St. at Olive St. and at Berkshire Ave.
The pedestrian hybrid beacon is a traffic control device designed to help pedestrians safely cross higher-speed roadways at midblock crossings and uncontrolled intersections.
The beacon head consists of two red lenses above a single yellow lens. The lenses remain “dark” until a pedestrian desiring to cross the street pushes the call button to activate the beacon, which then initiates a yellow to red lighting sequence consisting of flashing and steady lights that directs motorists to slow and come to a stop and provides the right-of-way to the pedestrian to safely cross the roadway before going dark again.
Call buttons to activate the pedestrian crossings are also written in braille at the locations activated today.
This project continues with additional electrical work and is scheduled to be completed by the end of November 2023.
The contractor for this $286,000 project is Traffic Loops Crackfilling, Inc. of Anaheim, CA.
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