Vice-Mayor Richard Fimbres and the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) will unveil a new pedestrian crossing on Bilby Road, just west of Campbell Avenue at Sunnyside High School on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. The ribbon-cutting event will take place at 11 a.m. at the new crosswalk on Bilby Road next to Sunnyside High School.
The new safety device is a pedestrian activated Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon intended to increase the visibility of uncontrolled marked crosswalks.
“The new Rapid Flashing Beacon crosswalk is the result of the work of the Sunnyside High School Student Council, working with my office,” said Vice Mayor Fimbres. “The Student Council leadership, led by its President, Patrick Robles, expressed concerns about the safety of the Sunnyside students going across Bilby to the Main Campus.”
Vice Mayor Fimbres helped coordinate meetings between the high school students, Sunnyside High School officials and TDOT. The goal was to find a solution to increase pedestrian safety. The Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon crosswalk, and its location was the result of these discussions.
“This is a new and innovative approach for pedestrian safety,” Fimbres said. “I want to thank Patrick Robles and the rest of the Sunnyside Student Council leadership for their work and commitment for pedestrian safety. I want to thank the Tucson Department of Transportation staff for their work and coming up with this innovative proposal. I want to thank Steve Holmes, Sunnyside School Superintendent and the Sunnyside Governing Board for their work and support of this idea. This is what we can do, when we come together to solve a problem.”
Also part of the project were new ADA ramps, a median refuge, and pavement markings.