Traffic signals replacing nighttime flash

August 2, 2017

Traffic signals replacing nighttime flash

Strathcona County will be removing two-way flashing signal operations between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. at over 60 intersections. The work will be completed by the end of August 2017.

The change reflects a move to updated standards used by other municipalities in the Capital Region. The change will reduce confusion for visiting drivers and address other safety considerations.

When signals are in flash, crossing lights do not operate leaving pedestrians to cross the road at their own discretion. Drivers may not be able to see crossing pedestrians at night, especially if the pedestrians do not have bright or reflective clothing.  The lack of signal control and visibility of pedestrians creates a safety concern. 

Because traffic volume drops significantly after 11 p.m., it is most effective to operate traffic signals at the minimum cycle lengths. This means that traffic signals on the main corridors in Sherwood Park (Baseline Road, Wye Road, Sherwood Drive, Clover Bar Road, and Broadmoor Boulevard) will remain green until there is a side-street demand by either a pedestrian or vehicle.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of over 98,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.


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Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595