Mike koozmin/2013 s.f. Examiner FIle photoSolar-powered signals on poles have replaced in-ground indicators at five pedestrian crosswalks in South San Francisco. The move is expected to save money and improve safety.

South City upgrades five crosswalks for pedestrian safety

South San Francisco has upgraded five pedestrian crosswalks in a continuing effort to enhance pedestrian safety, city officials have announced.

Crosswalks along Grandview Drive and DNA Way were stripped of hard-to-service in-ground pedestrian indicators and were refitted with solar-powered signals mounted on stand-alone poles that flash when a push-button device is triggered.

Each new solar-powered utility pole is equipped with amber-colored light-emitting diode lights to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while increasing driver awareness and pedestrian safety, city officials said.

“These flashing beacons implement the latest in pedestrian crossing standards,” Department of Public Works Director Brian McMinn said in a statement. “In addition, the new technology will increase reliability, reduce the overall maintenance cost, and reduce energy usage,” McMinn said.

Old crossing systems required multiple poles and pedestals, constant bouts with wiring and rewiring, and higher usage of electricity to warn motorists of crossing pedestrians, officials noted.

The new crossing systems mirror the latest pedestrian-safety projects recently completed on Forbes Boulevard, which added new bicycle lanes, landscaping, and pedestrian crosswalk systems to South San Francisco's major business thoroughfare.

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