DC Installs New Pedestrian Crosswalk Beacons

4:20 PM, Aug 20, 2010   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) - The District Department of Transportation is installing new warning beacons with flashing lights to help improve pedestrian safety at four busy and previously uncontrolled intersections.

The new beacons are being installed in time for the start of the new school year, but are intended to help pedestrians of all ages, said agency spokesperson John Lisle.

The solar-powered, rapid-flashing crosswalk beacons are expected to be in place and operating next week at New Hampshire Avenue and Otis Place, NW; MacArthur Boulevard and U Street, NW; Alabama Avenue and 15th Place, SE and Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Milwaukee Place, SE.

Pedestrians will be able to push a button to activate the beacons prior to entering the crosswalks. The beacons will emit yellow LED light clusters that signal to approaching vehicles that pedestrians are waiting to cross the road at the crosswalk.

The beacons, which are expected to be in place and operating next week, were funded through DDOT's Safe Routes to School program, which works to make it safer for children to walk and bike to school.

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