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Caltrans Installing Innovative Pedestrian Signal On Highway

Caltrans is preparing for an innovative project to upgrade pedestrian crossings at State Route 108 and Lee Avenue. This intersection is heavily used by businesses and residents, with three schools in close proximity.

The project will improve safety and mobility for residents and businesses, and bolster California’s Active Transportation Program. The ATP is designed to increase the number of walking and cycling trips, improve safety and mobility for pedestrians and non-motorized users, enhance public health and reduce greenhouse gases.

Work is scheduled to begin the week of Feb. 13 and be completed by April. Crews are scheduled to work Monday through Thursday, primarily 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. while working 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays. One-way traffic will be in effect and drivers should expect a delay of 10 minutes.

Caltrans will install a high intensity activated crosswalk (HAWK) beacon system, which uses an overhead traffic light-style warning to alert drivers that pedestrians are present. The yellow light flashes when triggered by a pedestrian, followed by a solid yellow and then a red light – with the red light requiring motorists to stop at the crosswalk.

While slightly different in appearance, the beacon’s function is very similar to the traditional traffic light in that it stops traffic and allows pedestrians to cross safely. The beacon is inactive unless it is triggered.

Robert J. Frank Construction of Redding was the qualified low bidder for the project at $204,060