URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — Starting today the city activated flashing enhanced pedestrian warning signs on Lincoln Avenue between Nevada Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.
The enhanced pedestrian signs will operate from 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m Monday through Friday.
This will only be during the fall and spring sessions for classes at the University of Illinois.
The timing of the sign operation is based upon high pedestrian volumes, which were measured during a traffic study along the corridor.
These signs were installed at the north and south ends of the corridor to draw attention to the increase in pedestrian traffic.
The installation of the flashing enhanced pedestrian warning signs was approved by the Urbana City Council after City staff conducted the traffic study and recommended enhanced signage to improve safety in that area.
Although this roadway is adjacent to, but not considered part of the University District, the installation of the signage is consistent the with University District mission “to better accommodate pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and vehicle movements in a more user-friendly environment.”
Also recommended in the study was the reduction of the speed limit to 25 miles per hour along the corridor to draw attention to pedestrian traffic in the area.
The reduced speed limit went into effect in August 2018. Additional analysis of the corridor, which could include infrastructure recommendations, will occur as part of a later study.