UDOT to install pedestrian crossing signals on Main Street
by Laura Haley
Contributing Writer
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During the busy summer months, trying to get across Main Street on foot can be a bit challenging. To help make it a little easier and safer for pedestrians, members of Moab city staff are working with the Utah Department of Transportation to arrange installation of two new pedestrian crossing signals downtown.

Moab City Engineer Rebecca Andrus said this week that city staff members have been trying to get some sort of signal installed at several intersections for quite some time. Their hard work and perseverance has paid off, Andrus said, and UDOT will be putting signals at the intersections of Main Street and Uranium Avenue as well as Main Street and 200 South.

Andrus said that UDOT recently completed a corridor study that examined the traffic on U.S. 191. However, due to Moab’s unique circumstances, the study missed some important factors, she said.

“They didn’t look at pedestrians or bike traffic,” Andrus said. “They didn’t even look at the downtown area.”

The push for pedestrian signals really began to increase in 2012 after a 70-year-old Moab man was struck by a vehicle while in the crosswalk at 200 South in October of that year.

Andrus said that UDOT’s plans for the pedestrian signals are about 60 percent complete at this time.

“They’re hoping to get them installed before it really kicks up this spring,” she said.

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