The City of Sioux Center is looking to enhance pedestrian safety by adding button-activated flashing crossing signals at four crosswalks on Highway 75.
The sites for the planned pedestrian signals on Highway 75 are the crosswalks at:
• 10th Street North (west of First Reformed Church)
• 6th Street North (near American State Bank)
• 2nd Street North (near Co-Op Gas and Centre Mall)
• 2nd Street South (near two dental offices)
“We have had really good response with the signals we have already installed. Pedestrian safety is a priority, and we’ve been wanting to add more of these signals,” said city utilities engineer Matt Van Schouwen.
Similar pedestrian signals were installed last year near the post office (at 1st Street West) and at a crossing on 9th Street SE near 1st Avenue SE, frequently used on students’ route to schools.
“These signals are one of several safety enhancements that the city is considering for a future Highway 75 enhancement project,” he added. “We’re looking at putting these in earlier than the enhancement project for the safety aspect, and we can re-use some of the equipment when we do enhance Highway 75.”
The signals will have a button for pedestrians to activate the signs’ bright lights, which flash in an irregular pattern like emergency vehicle lights, making them very noticeable to traffic.
For these signals to be added, the sidewalk segment near the crossing must also be updated to meet standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Other pedestrian crossings along Highway 75 are marked with bright, reflective signs. Drivers must yield to pedestrians crossing a roadway in any crosswalk.