June 10, 2022
FDOT: Mid-block Crossings Will Enhance Pedestrian Safety
Seven new mid-block crossing locations are a major feature of the pedestrian safety improvements under construction on West Cervantes Street, between Dominguez and A Street in Pensacola. The mid-block crossings have multiple layers of crosswalk visibility such as:
- Pavement markings indicate where drivers should yield in advance of the crosswalk.
- Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons (RRFB) are used to gain driver attention.
The rapid flashing beacons are an improvement over the traditional crosswalk warning lights because they use high-intensity LEDs. These lights are exceptionally noticeable for drivers both during the day and at night. Their amber color and quick flash pattern help make them visible in headlight glare, on wet roads, or in other situations that reduced visibility.
Studies have shown that RRFBs can improve driver yield rates by 96% and reduce crashes by 47%.