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Posted on: July 1, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Pedestrian Crossing Beacon Activated on Connecticut Avenue--Pedestrians Should Cross with Caution

The new pedestrian crosswalk and flashing warning beacons are now active on Connecticut Avenue at West Lenox Street. Pedestrians must CROSS WITH CAUTION as this is NOT A FULLY ACTUATED SIGNAL, therefore, THERE IS NO RED LIGHT that will signal drivers along Connecticut Avenue to stop.

When using the crosswalk, please remember the following:
* Press the button to activate the yellow flashing beacons.
* An audible message will play alerting you that the flashing beacons have been activated (please remove earbuds and headphones so you can hear this message) and will continue for the duration of the flashers’ activation: “Yellow flashers activated for Connecticut; cross with caution”.
* TRAFFIC IS NOT REQUIRED TO STOP unless a pedestrian is within the crosswalk.
* The flashing beacons may stop flashing before you are able to completely cross Connecticut Avenue. The beacons are programmed to flash for 32 seconds, which may not provide sufficient time for pedestrians to wait until it is safe to cross and safely do so.

Village Police will be out periodically to enforce driver compliance with the new crosswalk. Residents are reminded that it will take some time for drivers to become acclimated to the new configuration and so it is abundantly important that pedestrians use the new crosswalk with utmost care and caution.

The Village office is currently working with the State Highway Administration to erect additional signage to warn pedestrians that drivers are not required to stop unless a pedestrian is present in the crosswalk.

Should you have any questions regarding the new crosswalk and flashing warning beacons, please contact the Village Communications Center at 301-654-7300.

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