Installation of the new early train notification system for the 5th Ave. tracks will be up much sooner than originally anticipated.
Laurie Drukier, town senior communications advisor, says the project has gone smoothly and will be operational as early as tomorrow, July 10, or by Wednesday.
The system is being installed as a pilot program and tells drivers when a train is approaching before the intersection closes.
Before a train reaches the crossing, a blue light will flash to alert motorists in advance that the intersection is closing soon for a train. The light will be visible in all directions for several blocks; this advance warning gives drivers the opportunity to safely choose an alternate route.
Mayor Jeff Genung hopes it will provide some relief for frustrated motorists in the downtown core. He also ponders the potential of extending the notification to Hwy. 1A to give motorists even further advance warning.
The signals are located on both sides of the Fifth Avenue railway crossing
Installation costs are $8,143 and are part of the 2018 budget.
This system is used successfully in other jurisdictions and has been found to enhance road safety by reducing driver frustration and illegal activities such as U-turns and speeding through intersections. The pilot program will be assessed to measure the impact on local traffic flow.