New Pedestrian Safety Program Improvements Countdown Signals To Be Installed


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Aug. 8, 2003

 

New Pedestrian Safety Program Improvements
Countdown Signals To Be Installed

Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 9:30 a.m., Fairfax County officials will commemorate the installation of new pedestrian countdown signals at the intersection of Lockheed Boulevard and Richmond Highway. Representatives of community groups such as Safe Crossings, who have been active in efforts to improve pedestrian safety throughout Fairfax County, will also participate in this ceremony. It will take place at the Exxon Station located at 7312 Richmond Highway, Alexandria.

These signals differ from the standard pedestrian crossing signals in that they feature a visible timer that counts down the number of seconds remaining for pedestrians to safely cross the street. This is aimed at reducing some of the confusion associated with standard crossing signals that change to a "Don't Walk" symbol to prevent pedestrians from stepping off the curb and beginning to cross the street. Often pedestrians already in progress across the street who then see the signal change to "Don't Walk" are unsure if they should proceed across. With these new signals there can be little confusion, since the timer indicates just how much time remains to cross the road.

Within the next couple of months, the countdown signals will also be installed at the intersections of Richmond Highway at Beacon Hill Road, and Richmond Highway at Ladson Road. The installation of countdown pedestrian signals at all three intersections is being coordinated with the Virginia Department of Transportation as part of a special one-year study approved by the Federal Highway Administration for trial use of these devices. If study results are favorable, it is anticipated that countdown pedestrian signals will be installed at other selected locations in the county as traffic signals are upgraded.

The countdown pedestrian signals are part of a comprehensive program of pedestrian safety initiatives that Fairfax County is undertaking with VDOT's assistance. Throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area in the last year there has also been a regional effort to improve awareness on the part of drivers and pedestrians about pedestrian safety issues. At the ceremony, media will have the opportunity to hear from county representatives why pedestrian safety is an important issue deserving of this extra initiative.

For more information about countdown pedestrian signals in Fairfax County or for information about the ceremony, please call Doug Hansen, Senior Transportation Planner for Traffic Operations, 703-324-1100, TTY 703-324-1102.

 

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