Intersection improvements for pedestrian safety will be taking place at Cleveland Heights Boulevard and Lake Miriam Drive on August 28, 2018.
The primary focus of this project is to enhance the safety of the children attending Lakeland Highland Middle School, while minimizing operational concerns to the motoring public.
Phase I “Exclusive Pedestrian Crossing” timing:
Installed in May of this year. This phase involved the “Exclusive Pedestrian Crossing” timing in which all traffic stops in all directions when a pedestrian activates any pedestrian signal (push button). Our observations indicate that this timing change is working well.
Phase II “No Right Turn on Red” blank-out signs:
This Phase involves the installation of three electronic “No Right Turn on Red” blank-out signs (when any pedestrian button is pushed and the pedestrian phase is activated) for each of the westbound, southbound, and northbound traffic directions. These signs will be installed on Tuesday August 28th.
Phase III “Diagonal Crosswalk” feature:
This phase of the project involves installing a unique “Diagonal Crosswalk” feature (northwest to southeast corners) along with “Diagonal Pedestrian Signal Heads”. This combination of features, will provide an additional leg for pedestrians to cross the intersection while the “Exclusive Pedestrian Crossing” and the “No Right Turn on Red” blank-out signs’ signal features are concurrently activated (any pushed pedestrian button will activate both features simultaneously). This diagonal crossing feature will reduce the number pedestrian activations (one diagonal pedestrian call versus two “L” shape pedestrian calls) and thus should also reduce the delay to motorists. This diagonal crosswalk will also be installed on Tuesday August 28th.
We are confident that this package of safety countermeasures will play a significant role in improving the safety to the children while minimizing inconvenience to the motoring public. The TOPS team will continue to monitor the intersection’s operations through our CCTV system on a daily basis.
For questions, contact Angelo Rao, Manager of Traffic Operations at 863.834.3472.