Flashing Beacons for 3 Ann Arbor Locations

A contract between the Michigan Dept. of Transportation and the city of Ann Arbor has been approved by the city council to install rectangular rapid flashing beacons at three locations: on Geddes Road at Gallup Park; Fuller Road 400 feet east of Cedar Bend Drive; and on South University Avenue at Tappan Avenue. The council took action at its Feb. 18, 2014 meeting.

The city’s cost for the $47,971 project would be $14,179. The difference will be reimbursed through a grant.

According to the staff memo accompanying the resolution, part of the rationale for the choice of locations is “a history of pedestrian crashes that made them candidates for safety grant funding.” Responding to an emailed request from The Chronicle, city engineer Patrick Cawley provided the following accident history for the locations:

  • Fuller Road (2) on May 13, 2009 and Feb. 11, 2010.
  • S. University (3) on Feb. 7, 2006, Nov. 24, 2007, and Sept. 8, 2008.
  • Geddes (1 involving a bicyclist) on Feb. 9, 2008.

This brief was filed from the city council’s chambers on the second floor of city hall, located at 301 E. Huron.