MDOT to install six mid-block crossings on US-24 (Telegraph Road) between M-59 and Orchard Lake Road

Contact: Diane Cross, MDOT Office of Communications, CrossD2@Michigan.gov
Agency: Transportation

COUNTY:
Oakland

COMMUNITIES:
Pontiac
Sylvan Lake
Waterford Township

HIGHWAY:
US-24 (Telegraph Road)

START DATE:
Monday, March 18, 2019

PROJECT END DATE:
Late June 2019

PROJECT DETAILS:
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will invest $575,000 to install traffic islands, sidewalks, ramps, and flashing beacons in multiple locations on US-24 between M-59 and James K. Boulevard, north of Orchard Lake Road.

Crews will install three mid-block crossings with refuge islands and three traffic-calming islands. The mid-block crossings will feature flashing beacons supplementing pedestrian warning signs and overhead flashing beacons. When activated by pedestrians, the yellow flashing beacons will flash for about 30 seconds to alert drivers to pedestrians at the crossing. When not in use, the flashing beacons will remain dark.

TRAFFIC DETAILS:
Work will begin March 18 with the far right lane closed on US-24 between M-59 and James K. Boulevard to allow crews to safely install pedestrian signal foundations. The lane closure will only occur in one direction at a time.

Project map: https://bit.ly/2tYdkuj

MDOT reminds everyone that all pedestrians must cross the road using crosswalks.

SAFETY BENEFITS:
Refuge islands provide pedestrians a safe place to stand while crossing a divided roadway. Traffic-calming islands are islands that do not feature pedestrian crossings; these islands increase safety for pedestrians, drivers and bicyclists by discouraging speeding. Traffic islands also provide communities with opportunities to improve aesthetics and help increase beautification of the area.

The flashing beacons being installed will provide more visible warning to drivers that pedestrians will be crossing the road.