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Detours and work zone protection for trails and bikeways

Roadway construction can have a big impact on bike and pedestrian facilities. When work is being done on highways, streets, bridges, and intersections, it is vital to warn and accomodate people walking and bicycling. These photos from Colorado show a variety of ways that trail users are warned and kept safe as they negotiate construction sites. The issue of safety is critical: the Federal Highway Administration cites the 1,200 pedestrians and bicyclists killed in work zones over the last decade. For technical details, see "Accommodating Pedestrians in Work Zones" from USDOT.

arrow Also see photo gallery of Fencing and warning signs for trailside construction

Click on any photo to see it full size (photos by Stuart Macdonald):


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Pedestrian Accommodation Work Zone CHECKLIST

Did you consider:

  • Impact on pedestrian generators (Schools, Senior Centers, transit stops, etc.)
  • Impact on existing pedestrian flow
  • Pedestrian information needsadvance, transition, work area, and exit information
  • Pedestrian Facilitieswalkway width, surface, boundaries, transitions, and channelization.
  • Intersectionscrosswalk placement, additional signing/marking, traffic signals modification (timing, pedestrian signals, push button, etc.)
  • Adequate and safe detour or diversion due to sidewalk closure or blockage
  • Adequate pedestrian protectionphysical separation from work space and vehicular traffic, overhead protection, etc.
  • Construction staging to maintain pedestrian access throughout all construction phases
  • Temporary nighttime lighting
  • Requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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