August 11, 2020
EXPRESSWAY TO GET SAFER FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted today to develop
a Foothill Expressway Pedestrian Sensors and Mast Arms Installation
pedestrian sensors, to be installed at five intersections on Foothill
Expressway (Arastradero Road, W. Edith Avenue, Main Street, Springer
Road/Magdalena Avenue & Grant Road), will detect when pedestrians are
actually in the intersections. When the sensor detects a pedestrian within the
crosswalk, more walk time is added if the pedestrian requires it. The sensors
will be installed above the pedestrian signal heads and aimed inside all
crosswalks crossing Foothill Expressway.
technology like this protects our more vulnerable residents, like seniors,
children, and people with disabilities who might need a few extra seconds to
get safely from one side to the other,” said County Supervisor Joe Simitian
(who represents the area). “Adding more time for residents who need it to get
across the Expressway safely is just plain common sense, and the good news for
drivers in a hurry is that they won’t be slowed down unnecessarily because the
technology adjusts automatically.”
included in the project is the installation of traffic signal poles with mast
arms at the intersections of Foothill Expressway and Main Street/Edith Avenue.
The existing poles currently do not provide overhead signal heads that hang
over the vehicle lanes. The new poles will have mast arms that extend over the
lanes, improving the visibility of the signals and improving the overall safety
of the traveling public.
safety is and should be a top priority at the County,” said Simitian. “My hope
and expectation is that by creating safer pedestrian crosswalks we will make
travel safer not only pedestrians, but for drivers too.”
is a smart investment by the County in the safety of kids and community,” said
Board Trustee President Lorien Cunningham, Cupertino Union School Board. “Many
students must cross the expressway on their way to and from local schools, and
prioritizing resources for continued evaluation and improvements focusing on
the safety of these crossings in our community is key.”
on the project is scheduled to begin in September.