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Flashing Crosswalks

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Flashing crosswalks are also known as in-pavement lights. Here are answers to some common questions about flashing crosswalks. If your question is not answered here, contact Joel Pfundt, Transportation Manager at (425) 587-3865.


Q:
When did Kirkland first start using flashing crosswalks?

A: We partnered with the Washington Traffic Safety Commission in 1997 to install the first flashing crosswalk outside the state of California.

Q: Have you had accidents after flashing crosswalks were installed?

A: Accidents have not happened at locations where the lights were flashing when the pedestrian crossed.

Q: Are flashing crosswalks in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices?

A: Yes. See Chapter 4-L of the 2003 MUTCD.

Q: How many flashing crosswalks does Kirkland have?

A: Kirkland has approximately 30 installations. Some are at intersections but most are at mid-block locations. All are at uncontrolled crosswalks. An uncontrolled crosswalk is one where traffic does not have to stop unless a pedestrian is present (as opposed to a crosswalk at a traffic signal or stop sign).

Q: What brands are installed in Kirkland?

A: Our older locations are mostly LightGuard brand. Our newer locations are Flight Light. We also have an Econolite Smart Stud.

Q: Are they a maintenance problem?

A: Older style heads have required a lot of maintenance. Newer locations are better. Proper initial installation is important to long life.

Q: How much do they cost?

A: Cost depends on the number of heads that are needed the work required to get to a power supply. $25,000 is a rough estimate for an installed location.

Q: Do they work?

A: Most of the evidence gathered supports the idea that in-pavement lights are helpful. They do not automatically fix all the problems a potential location might have however.

Q: What about detection/activation techniques?

A: Kirkland uses push-button activation for a number of reasons including cost, reliability and ease of maintenance.

Q: Do you have other information?

A: Here are some resources:

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Public Works
Engineering
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123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033
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915 8th St, Kirkland WA 98033

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E-mail: publicworks@kirklandwa.gov
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