New type of pedestrian crossing in Mesa
By: Kimberly Nelson
11/8/13 4:20 PM
November 8, 2013
Contact: Kimberly Nelson
Office: 480-644-6553; Cell: 605-661-8350
Mesa, AZ – The Mesa Transportation Department has installed two new pedestrian crossings on Sossaman Road that will help people cross the street in a safer fashion. . The new lights, called pedestrian hybrid beacons or “PHBs”, are the first of their kind in Mesa.
Plans call for activation of the PHBs on Thursday, November 14. The new beacons are located on Sossaman Road south of Inverness Avenue and south of Juanita Avenue. These sites were selected because Sossaman Road separates two sections of the Desert Sands golf course, resulting in a number of golfers crossing Sossaman Road throughout the day.
The Sossaman Road locations are prime candidates for the PHBs because they make pedestrian crossings easier and safer while causing less delay to traffic than conventional traffic signals. A PHB can be considered as an option when conditions do not require a standard traffic signal.
Two more PHBs are being installed on Mesa Drive between 10th Avenue and US 60 as part of the street project now under construction. They are expected to be activated later this year.
The PHBs, also commonly referred to as HAWKs (High-intensity Activated Crosswalks), have been used by Tempe, Phoenix and Tucson and in various states across the nation.
For more information on PHBs, visit www.mesaaz.gov/transportation
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