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Posted on: July 17, 2017

City Installs Midblock Crosswalks on Seawall Blvd To Increase Pedestrian Safety in High Density Area

(GALVESTON, TX) July 14, 2017 – With over 6.5 million visitors to the island in 2016, the number of pedestrians on the Seawall has increased exponentially in recent years.  In an effort to ensure that they have ample places to cross the Seawall in high traffic areas, the city has begun installing midblock crosswalks. The first two crosswalks have been installed in front of the San Luis Resort and the Holiday Inn Express. These locations were chosen because these areas, both directly across from the beach access stairs, have both heavy vehicular traffic as well as an increased number of pedestrians attempting to cross.

 

“This is the product of many months of study and deliberation,” said Director of Public Works, Kyle Hockersmith. “We have researched other cities to see how midblock crossings were put in in a safe manner. We have consulted with TxDOT and the Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices on how to best implement these on the island.”

 

These crosswalks are made of a thermoplastic retroreflective material that spans 20’ across. The areas are complete with numerous safety features to alert drivers that include advanced warning signage, a solid white line as driver’s approach, a yield bar, reflective buttons, and no loading/parking zones adjacent to the crosswalks to provide drivers with a sight visibility triangle.

 

Funding for this project comes from the City’s annual striping program, through the City’s general fund. Each crosswalk is anticipated to cost the City approximately $8,000. The next location for consideration will be west of 61st Street.

 

 “We are proactively trying to find resources and solutions that promote safe and enjoyable experiences here in Galveston and these crosswalks are a great addition to the City.”

 

New Midblock Pedestrian Crosswalk Locations

  • In front of the San Luis Resort located at 5222 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551
  • In front of the Holiday Inn located at 5002 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 775

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