San Pablo to install rectangular rapid flashing beacons near schools

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San Pablo to install rectangular rapid flashing beacons near schools
An example of a rectangular rapid flashing beacon sign. (Photo credit: U.S. Department of Transportation)

Six pairs of rectangular rapid flashing beacons will soon be installed at five locations near San Pablo schools to enhance visibility of school children.

The beacons will be installed on Broadway Avenue at 15th and also 16th streets, near Bayview Elementary; at Market Avenue and 21st Street, near Dover Elementary; and Church Lane and Villa Drive, adjacent to St. Paul School and near West County First 5, the Senior Center and San Pablo Library; and 23rd Street and California Avenue, near Richmond High and Dover Elementary.

The locations were identified through in-person and virtual walk audits conducted as part of the development of the City’s Safe Routes to School Master Plan. All five locations are uncontrolled crossings that do not currently have any flashing lights.  

The cost to design and install these beacons will be $120,000, with ongoing maintenance estimated to be $8,000 annually. The funding will come from Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Transformation and Development Act funds.