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City of Abilene Completes New Pedestrian Crossing Project

The City of Abilene has completed a pedestrian crossing enhancement project at Lee Elementary school. This project is the first of its kind in Abilene.
The City of Abilene has completed a pedestrian crossing enhancement project at Lee Elementary school. This project is the first of its kind in Abilene.

The City installed Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) on N. 10th Street at the school crosswalk at Jefferson Street. RRFBs are pedestrian-activated, high-intensity flashing amber warning lights that notify drivers when a pedestrian is entering and using the crosswalk. The RRFB increases the visibility of the crosswalk to motorists. They flash for a predetermined amount of time to allow a pedestrian to completely cross the street.

Features & Advantages:

1. Studies have shown driver yielding rates of up to 80%-90% maintained over

several years

2. Wireless, synchronized LEDs flash similar to emergency vehicles

3. Solar-powered, eco-friendly

4. LED indicators for pedestrians

5. Improve pedestrian safety across wide, multi-lane roads

6. Lower cost than a traffic signal or a pedestrian hybrid signal

This location was chosen because of the high pedestrian generators of Lee Elementary, the Boys & Girls Club and Lee Park soccer and football fields. About 9,800 vehicles drive through this location every day. It has 5 lanes of traffic and no median refuge which creates multiple threats for the pedestrian using the crosswalk. The street has a posted speed limit of 35 mph with a school zone speed limit of 25 mph. The school crossing guard reports having issues with motorists not yielding to pedestrians at this location; the RRFB should help solve the problem.

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