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City receives grant for flashing pedestrian beacon on 25th Street

For immediate release: May 7, 2020 - 10:00am

The City has received provincial funding for a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) on 25th Street near Pacific Avenue. The RRFB is being installed today.

“This is an existing crossing on a busy street that did not have flashing lights to alert drivers that a pedestrian is crossing or ready to cross,” says Jay Magus, Director of Transportation. “The beacons are mounted on posts at the side of a street and a ground-mounted push button activates the lights.”

RRFBs are installed under a solar panel at the top of the post that provides power. They have proven to be effective in getting the attention of Saskatoon drivers.

The 25th Street beacon is similar to the one at Spadina Crescent and 33rd Street. The City plans to install more at several other locations.

Provincial Traffic Safety Fund grants are awarded twice annually. The City plans to continue submitting funding applications to improve safety at other intersections and school zones throughout Saskatoon.