Prairie Village experimenting with flashing beacons at Weltner Park crosswalk

New Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons at Weltner Park are designed to improve pedestrian safety along Cambridge Drive.
New Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons at Weltner Park are designed to improve pedestrian safety along Cambridge Drive.

Prairie Village public works has installed a new crosswalk alert system at Weltner Park along Cambridge Drive that they hope will improve pedestrian safety.

The Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons have flashing amber LED lights that start signaling when pedestrians push a button mounted on the crosswalk sign pole. Public Works selected the site for the first installation of the devices in the city partially in response to a traffic study conducted on the park last year after residents raised concerns about the safety of crossing the street to get to Weltner Park.

The study found that for drivers heading northwest along Cambridge toward State Line Road, a large tree blocked the sightline to the crosswalk. This frequently led to drivers proceeding through the crosswalk without yielding.

The Weltner Park RRFBs are considered a pilot project by the city. The beacons are solar powered.

A large tree blocks the sightline to the crosswalk for cars approaching from the south.
A large tree blocks the sightline to the crosswalk for cars approaching from the south.