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City Meeting on Bulb-Outs, Flashing Lights on Arlington Crosswalks Near Madera

The El Cerrito Public Works Department is hosting a public meeting Thursday to discuss its plans for crosswalk alterations on two Arlington Boulevard crosswalks near Madera Elementary School. Traffic circulation also will be discussed.

Public Works officials from El Cerrito are hosting a public meeting Thursday night to discuss plans for adding bulb-outs and flashing lights to two crosswalks on Arlington Boulevard near Madera Elementary School.

The meeting will be held 6:30-8 p.m. in the school's multipurpose room.

The City Council last month , which are intended to improve safety for students arriving at and leaving the school.

Two speakers at the council meeting expressed opposition to the bulb-outs – rounded extensions of the curb into street – saying they could worsen the traffic congestion during school drop-off and pick-up times.

The crosswalk alternations would occur at the intersections of Arlington with Madera Drive and one block south at Arlington and Brewster Drive. 

"Public Works staff will discuss the project background, including design changes due to previous school and community input, and the project construction beginning later in January," says a city notice. "Concerns and ideas about traffic circulation during school drop-off and pick-up periods will also be discussed."

The notice is attached to this article.

The notice lists these elements of the project:

  • Installation of curb bulb-outs at the uncontrolled crosswalks on Arlington Drive at Madera and Brewster Drives;
  • Installation of new in-pavement flashing lights with pedestrian detection devices, enhanced pedestrian crosswalk warning signs with rectangular flashing beacons, and advanced flashing beacons and warning signs for the crosswalk at Madera Drive; and
  • Construction of ADA-compliant ramps at both intersections. 

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Leslie Moore January 15, 2013 at 02:29 PM
When can we get this in Kensington at the Arlington light and down at Colusa Circle?
Leslie Moore January 15, 2013 at 02:29 PM
When can we get this in Kensington at the Arlington light and down at Colusa Circle?
K Murphy January 16, 2013 at 10:43 PM
Streetlights need to be addressed too, in order to ensure safe crossing. During the fall and winter when it gets dark early, good street lighting is key. Throughout El Cerrito, I have seen cross-walks without nearby streetlights, making it very difficult to cross. I often cross Richmond at Gladys and with a serious lack of good lighting, I find myself running between oncoming cars. From the posted photo, it looks like the streetlight at the crosswalk on Arlington is not adjacent to the crosswalk.

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