Flashing beacons downtown Maple Ridge

Fixed below pedestrian signs at crosswalks, meant to create more awareness, improve safety.

  • Dec. 6, 2016 11:00 a.m.

Crossing Dewdney Trunk Road in the downtown will be a bit safer once flashing beacons are installed at six busy street corners in Maple Ridge.

The beacons are rectangular and are fixed below pedestrian signs at crosswalks and are meant to create more awareness.

The beacons will be installed at Plaza, 223rd, Garden, Fletcher, 234th and 236th streets. Total cost will be $168,200.

Each crosswalk will also be retrofitted with overhead, internally lit signs, down lighting and new poles.

Recent U.S. studies show that rectangular rapid flashing beacons increase safety for pedestrians trying to cross four-lane roads.

Installation will begin this month.