THE SOLUTION: INNOVATIVE FLASHING BEACONS AND OVERHEAD LIGHTING SYSTEM
Western Systems worked closely with the City and our partner, Carmanah, to provide a unique solution. To help increase visibility and driver yield rates, the City installed 2 Carmanah R920-F rectangular rapid flashing beacons. These solar-powered units are easy and fast to install as they require no trenching, cabling, or in-ground wiring. Carmanah provided a free solar site assessment to confirm the best flashing beacon to accommodate the Oregon winters.
In addition to the RRFBs, Western Systems provided a first-of-its-kind Carmanah overhead lighting system to improve nighttime visibility. These lights illuminate pedestrians rather than traditional streetlights, which are designed to serve motorists in navigating and avoiding obstacles. This revolutionary system provides drivers the ability to discern an incoming pedestrian at a sufficient distance for them to safely and appropriately react.
To conserve the optimal amount of power, the Carmanah team developed a system where the lights are only activated at night when the ADA complaint crosswalk button is pushed by a pedestrian. The lights are fully solar-powered, require no AC and work up to eight days without a charge–outlasting even the darkest and greyest Oregon winters.
THE OUTCOME: SAFER RESIDENTIAL STREETS
The new RRFBs and overhead lighting has already made a significant impact in the community. As part of the overall $20 million G.O Bond Measure, the City plans to continue adding more infrastructure to improve safety and mobility.
“Adding the solar luminaire onto the poles of the solar-powered RRFBs provided a great way for us to illuminate the crosswalk without having to bring in electricity. Getting electricity to the crosswalk would have been very time-consuming, expensive, and disruptive. With these new lights in addition to the RRFBs, the crosswalk is now highly visible and provides a safer way for the community to cross the street.”
-Mike McCarthy, Principal Transportation Engineer, City of Tualatin