Beginning Monday, Aug. 5, drivers on Fourth Street and Hollybrook Drive will encounter protected crosswalks – the first of their kind in Longview.
The crosswalks were installed as part of the first phase of the Guthrie Trail extension, which will officially open later this month. They are designed to help protect those using the trail, while also leaving the flow of traffic on the busy corridors as unaffected as possible.
“One of the major advantages of the signal is that it only operates when a person is present to push the button,” City Engineer Alton Bradley said.
One crosswalk is located at the intersection of Fourth Street and Clinic Drive (between Hollybrook Drive and Loop 281), and the other is located on Hollybrook Drive just west of Fourth Street.
When not activated by someone attempting to cross the street, the signal will remain unlit and drivers can proceed through the crosswalk without stopping. Once the crosswalk has been activated it will begin flashing yellow to prepare drivers for a crossing. A solid yellow light warns drivers to prepare to stop and a solid red light indicates that drivers are required to stop for the pedestrian crossing. A flashing red light means that drivers are to stop but may then proceed through the crosswalk when it is clear of pedestrians.
“The City of Longview is excited about the addition to our trail system, and appreciative of the funding from the Longview Economic Development Corp. to help make it happen,” Director of Parks and Recreation Scott Caron said.