NDOT Completes Pedestrian Safety Improvements on U.S. 50 Near Zephyr Cove, Tahoe
CARSON CITY, Nev. – Drivers will see new pedestrian crossing signals as the Nevada Department of Transportation today completed a project to install pedestrian safety improvements on U.S. 50 in the Zephyr Cove area of Lake Tahoe.
Previously, there was one constantly-flashing pedestrian crossing light at the intersection of U.S. 50 and Lake Shore Boulevard. NDOT has enhanced the pedestrian crossing with the following pedestrian safety improvements:
The previous signal was replaced with two electronic flashing pedestrian crossing beacons, known as rectangular rapid flashing beacons, allowing pedestrians to activate the signs to help stop traffic as they cross the street. Advance signals have also been placed in advance of the signal, giving drivers advance notice to stop for any pedestrians crossing ahead.
Sidewalks were improved for safer and easier pedestrian travel.
Overhead street lighting has been installed for enhanced visibility of pedestrians in the crosswalk.The approximately $294,000 in improvements by contractor Par Electrical Contractors, Inc. began in early June and are aimed at enhancing safety for pedestrians crossing the highway, as well as for the as many as 20,000 drivers traveling the highway daily.
This year, NDOT will also install similar pedestrian safety enhancements in Carson City and Dayton. In 2017, the department completed pedestrian safety improvements on Kietzke Lane and North Virginia Street in Reno. The improvements are part of the approximately $10 million in state highway funds NDOT dedicates to pedestrian safety improvements every year. Additionally, NDOT dedicates approximately $21 million annually in federal highway safety funds to roadway safety projects and programs.