It’s going to cost $125,000 but city staff say they have the money in the Capital Improvement Program and that helping trail users to be more visible to motorists is one of the goals of this program.
Some 14,900 vehicles move along Mt. Diablo Boulevard every day near where the Iron Horse Trail crosses. That particular crosswalk is heavily used throughout the day. Fortunately, there have only been two accidents in that crosswalk in the past two years, but staff recommends a “proactive approach to designing a pedestrian friendly environment for this crosswalk.”
The city’s Transportation Commission will discuss the issue at its 7 p.m. meeting on Thursday.
According to the staff report, the proposed improvements would involve:
–“Lane drop” striping at Mt. Pisgah Road for eastbound traffic, to indicate that Mt. Diablo Boulevard drops down from four lanes to two just east of the crosswalk.
–PV head flashers to signal a pedestrian crossing at the crosswalk.
–Future landscaping for a median island to help block sun glare in the late afternoon.