September 2018 Vol. 26, No. 3

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LRRB guidebook looks at uncontrolled crossings

Another safety resource is a 2014 guidebook from the LRRB that focuses specifically on uncontrolled pedestrian crossings, which aren’t controlled by a stop sign, yield sign, or traffic signal.

The guidebook recommends when to install marked crosswalks and other enhancements based on a number of factors, including the average daily vehicle count, number of pedestrians, number of lanes, and average vehicle speed. It helps agencies rate a crossing for pedestrian service, and includes a flow chart and several worksheets to assist in data collection and decision making.

When using the guidebook, practitioners are guided through an 11-step evaluation process. Based on the results of the evaluation, users can identify what level of treatment is appropriate for their location, ranging from in-street crossing signs to overhead flashing beacons to traffic calming devices. For each potential treatment option, the guidebook includes information on advantages, disadvantages, recommended locations, and cost.

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