Pedestrian crossing just got safer in the City of Laurel!
Mayor Craig A. Moe has announced that the City of Laurel will hold a public unveiling of the newest enhanced crosswalk on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at 4:00pm. The public is welcome to attend!
The enhanced crosswalk, which is a pedestrian-activated Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon system (RRFB), will go into service after the unveiling and is located at the crosswalk on Montrose and Ward Streets in front of Centennial Park.
Tests show that these RRFB systems produce 80% to 90% driver compliance in yielding to pedestrians at uncontrolled pedestrian crossings. When activated, the LED arrays flash a Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) specified, alternating 'wig-wag' amber light pattern.
Side-mounted LED arrays flash concurrently to advise pedestrians that the units are flashing. This is the highest yielding rate of all devices not featuring a red display and up to four times greater than standard round beacons. RRFBs cost less than other devices with similar vehicular yield rates.
This is the fifth RRFP crosswalk installed within the City, two are located on Main Street, one is located on Sandy Spring Road by Sweitzer Park and one is located on Laurel Lakes Avenue and Cypress Center close to the Community Center.
Mayor Moe believes that these types of crosswalk pedestrian enhancements will provide safer travel for residents at these intersections.