Beginning on Monday, the town of Gilbert will have several rectangular rapid flashing beacons at locations in its downtown area.
The solar-powered beacons are used to alert drivers of pedestrians who intend to cross Gilbert Road, and are located at Cullumber and Bruce avenues. The beacons remain dark until a pedestrian pushes a button to activate them, which then displays flashing LED lights toward both directions of traffic. The pedestrian also receives notification via flashing lights that go off once the beacon is activated.
Information provided by the town indicates the beacons can increase the yield rate from between 10 and 20 percent to 70 and 85 percent, and the beacons are part of a larger pedestrian infrastructure project Gilbert is working on downtown.