Friday, January 9, 2015

MCDOT Giving Pedestrians More Time to Cross the Road

About 65 percent of the County’s traffic signals have been adjusted to give pedestrians more time to cross the road. Federal guidelines now advise that signals provide enough time for pedestrians to cross at 3.5 feet per second rather than the older standard of 4 feet per second, which required walkers to move more quickly.

Retiming traffic signals is a complex process, requiring study of the impacts, and recalculating and resetting all signal timing and cycle lengths. This careful process ensures that unintended impacts on other roadway portions are minimized.

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