City moves forward with lighted crosswalk at Valley and 7th

Alhambra City Engineer Ali Cayir presented Monday at the City Council meeting a slideshow regarding the crosswalk system that will be installed at Valley Boulevard and 7th Street. The High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK), also called a pedestrian-hybrid beacon, will include an illuminated “Pedestrian Crossing” sign and three lights to signal motorists to stop when a pedestrian activates the system.

In a 2010 study from the Federal Highway Administration, HAWK systems reduced total vehicle collisions by 29 percent, severe crashes by 15 percent, and pedestrian crashes by 69 percent at the intersections in which they were used.

The intersection of Valley and 7th was the site of two pedestrian-vehicle collisions in September. A woman suffered critical head injuries after being struck by a vehicle on Sept. 11 while crossing Valley. Four days later, a vehicle struck another woman and launched her 80 feet. She was treated for a broken back, cuts, and lacerations.

Monday's presentation was part of a staff request for bids for the HAWK system, which Alhambra City Council approved.

Council also voted to halt the establishment of new massage parlors and the expansion of existing ones—giving staff time to create a regulatory ordinance that complies with AB 1147 —and to increase the speed limit on Westminster Avenue between Mission Road and Concord Avenue from 25 to 30 mph. A traffic survey conducted by Transtech recommended the speed limit increase after measuring the volume of traffic and the speeds at which the vehicles travel on the street, said City Attorney Joseph Montes. More information regarding the survey is available in Monday's staff reports.

Weren't able to attend Monday's City Council meeting? You can watch it here. City Council usually meets every second and fourth Monday of the month on the second floor of City Hall: 111 S. First St., Alhambra, Calif., 91801. The next meeting will be on Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m.

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