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Construction on new pedestrian hybrid crossing to begin this week in San Luis Obispo

Posted: 8:41 PM, Jul 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-17 00:26:51-04

Construction on a new pedestrian hybrid beacon (PHB) crossing at the intersection of Foothill Blvd. and Ferrini Road is set to begin this week.

The crossing is the first phase of the Anholm Neighborhood Greenway project and is meant to improve safety at Pacheco and Bishop’s Peak Elementary Schools.

The PHB is a traffic control device used to stop road traffic and allow pedestrians and bicyclist to cross the road safely.

Photo Courtesy: City of San Luis Obispo

The Federal Highway Administration said PHBs reduce overall collision rated by 29 percent, pedestrian collision rates by 69 percent and serious and deadly crashes by 15 percent.

Construction crews will start with sidewalk and ADA curb improvements in late July.

The City of San Luis Obispo Public Works Department said drivers should expect lane closures and potential traffic delays through July and August.

The pedestrian crossing should be complete by September.

The next phase of the Anholm Neighborhood Greenway project is scheduled for late 2019 and early 2020. It will include a multi-use path through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and a protected bikeway.

According to the City of San Luis Obispo, the pedestrian hybrid beacon and other traffic safety improvements by the City’s Vision Zero goal have already reduced traffic collisions by nearly 60 percent over the past 15 years.

It said San Luis Obispo will work towards a goal of zero traffic-related fatalities and zero injuries by 2030.