ANN ARBOR, MI – Pedestrian safety improvements are coming to 10 more crosswalk locations in Ann Arbor.
The City Council voted Thursday night, Aug. 10, to approve a $196,400 contract with J. Ranck Electric for installation of flashing signals at these eight crosswalk locations:
- Packard Road at Woodmanor Court between Cobblestone Farm and Mary Beth Doyle Park
- Platt Road north of Williamsburg Road
- Fuller Road at Fuller Park
- West Stadium Boulevard near Kay Parkway
- West Stadium Boulevard near Greenview Drive
- Ellsworth Road west of Jonathan Court
- Scio Church Road at Greenview Drive
- Eisenhower Parkway at Plaza Road in front of Briarwood Mall
The pedestrian-activated signals, which alert drivers to yield to pedestrians, are known as Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons. The city has installed RRFBs at many crosswalks in recent years.
The council voted separately Thursday night to approve an agreement with the Michigan Department of Transportation for installation of long-awaited RRFBs at two other crosswalks on Fuller Road near the VA Hospital and the University of Michigan’s North Campus.
Many people, including UM students and people catching buses, cross the busy road there, and a man in his 20s was badly injured after being struck by a vehicle while crossing one of the crosswalks in March 2015. City officials identified the two crosswalks on that stretch of Fuller Road — just east of Fuller Court between Bonisteel Boulevard and Beal Avenue — as recommended locations for RRFBs in the city’s non-motorized transportation plan in 2013. The city eventually applied to MDOT for funds to install them in September 2015.
In April 2016, MDOT notified the city that the project had been approved for federal funding. Subsequently, the construction plans were reviewed and approved by MDOT.
The cost-sharing agreement the council finally approved Thursday night shows $46,598 coming from federal funds and $5,178 being covered by the city’s local street millage.
Responding to community concerns about pedestrian safety, city officials first identified RRFBs as a solution for crosswalks on Plymouth Road in 2011. They’ve since been installed at a number of other locations.