Two new pedestrian signals along Chandler's recently-completed Western Canal multi-use path will be turned on for the first time Wednesday. The crossings are located on Dobson Road and on Alma School Road and will serve pedestrians and cyclists.
The new signals were placed in "flash mode" on Tuesday to alert drivers of their presence and pending activation. Temporary warning signs also have been erected to give drivers advance notice. A third pedestrian signal on the Western Canal at Arizona Avenue will be installed by mid-July.
The signals are push-button activated with traditional red-yellow-green indications for vehicular traffic. Funding for the $300,000 project came from the Congestion Management Air Quality program that is administered by the Federal Highway Administration and the Arizona Department of Transportation.
The City worked with Salt River Project to make the canal's maintenance road available for multi-use and completed the bicycle and pedestrian path last year. The project extends for 3.5 miles from the Loop 101 Price Freeway east past Arizona Avenue to the Hamilton Street alignment at the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks.