Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Monroe Street Lane Reduction

Monroe Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction this week as work begins on a traffic signal at the intersection of Summit Parkway and Monroe Street.

The new signal will allow for easier, safer access in this area for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers. The signal will include pedestrian count-down timers and detectors that are sensitive enough to recognize when people on bikes or motorcycles want to cross. Here is a list of project features:

·         Pedestrian count-down timers
·         Pedestrian and vehicle detection will be provided on all approaches
·         Vehicle detection has been designed to allow for detection of motorcycles/bicycles
·         The signal controller cabinet includes an uninterrupted power source (UPS) that will automatically allow the signal to operate continuously for several hours in the case of a power outage
·         Cobra head street lights attached to signal poles are LED
·         The signal will have the ability (wiring will be in place) to accommodate protected left turns in the future, when needed, for both eastbound and westbound traffic on Summit turning onto Monroe.
·         Northbound and southbound left turns will have a ‘protected-permissive’ phase using flashing yellow arrows
·         The protected left turn phases have the capability to operate by time of day
·         Provisions (wiring and signing) for future blank-out signs prohibiting left-turns by time of day will be provided

Crews are working as much as they can behind the sidewalks before closing any lanes on Monroe to complete the project.


Charles said...

Good that they are doing this, if you walk from the courthouse to downtown getting across Monroe is miserable now. I was hoping the walking underpass under the Monroe Street bridge would be accessible to pedestrians on Monroe, but it takes a mountain goat to get down to the walking path from Monroe and the same going the other way.

SRTC Staff said...

If you're trying to get onto Monroe at that intersection there's a long wait too. This light should make a big difference!

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