Written by Susan Meikle, university news and communications, meiklesb@MiamiOH.edu.
Crossing the street? Push button to activate crosswalk signal. Wait for the walk signal.
The traffic signal and intersection improvements in front of Bachelor Hall are now complete.
A new pedestrian crossing phase stops all vehicles at the four traffic signals and allows pedestrians to cross without any moving vehicles in the intersection of Patterson Avenue/Spring Street/Route 73.
Intersection signal improvements include new four-section, flashing yellow arrow left-turn signals. Motorists will encounter the flashing yellow left-turn arrows on Patterson Avenue at the intersection approaches southbound turning left onto Route 73 and northbound turning left onto Spring Street.
The signal changes will allow traffic to flow more smoothly and provide added pedestrian safety in this high pedestrian traffic area of campus, said Vincent Cirrito, Miami's landscape architect.
Motorists will also see new variable "No Turn on Red" signals at the Spring Street and Route 73 approaches to Patterson Avenue.
Over the next few weeks, adjustments to the timing of the signals will be ongoing as the traffic engineer continues to fine-tune this high pedestrian and vehicle traffic intersection with the start of the fall semester, Cirrito said.
The new intersection improvements are part of a series of long-planned bike and pedestrian improvements on campus.
This new type of signal was first implemented in Ohio and around the country in the past several years. A national study demonstrated that these federally approved signals are safer and more efficient than traditional left-turn-arrow signals, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).
To learn more about them, download the ODOT's "Quick Guide" to the new signals.