Traffic Control Change for Main Street in Ferndale, WA Announced Following Two Injury Crashes in Recent Weeks
On May 17, 2018, officials from the City of Ferndale announced a traffic control change that will eliminate left turns to/from Main Street between the I-5 interchange and LaBounty Drive beginning the week of June 4. The change will prevent left turns into westbound traffic. The purpose of the change is to prevent more motor vehicle crashes causing injury. Over the last several years that stretch of road has seen several injury crashes, most often involving westbound drivers crossing the two eastbound lanes as they attempt to make a left turn from Main Street. At least two car crashes causing injuries have occurred in this stretch of road in the past few weeks alone; both involved westbound drivers turning left and crashing into eastbound traffic.
Traffic control change in Ferndale, WA
To deter left turns, bendable plastic “traffic delineators” will be placed along the southside of the westbound left-turn lane from the intersection with LaBounty Drive east past the driveway into the NAPA Auto Parts and former Bob’s Burgers parking lots.
In order to access the properties along the southside of that section of Main Street, drivers will need to go to the nearby intersection of LaBounty Drive and Main Street where left turns are managed by an electronic traffic signal.
The announcement released by City of Ferndale officials said,
“This change was motivated by the use of “Intelligence-Based Policing”, where the Ferndale Police Department works hand in hand with the City’s GIS mapping team to identify hot spots by layering crash data into the City’s GIS mapping database. Utilizing this approach, the City is better able to identify changes in accident distribution and identify areas where increased patrols or modifications may be necessary.”
How do traffic control measures reduce car accidents?
Traffic safety is a very important part of city transportation planning goals. Roadway developers look for ways to reduce the risk of injury causing accidents by improving poorly designed roads. Engineers consider a full range of planning objectives such as improving the flow of traffic during rush hour, reducing overall traffic congestion, reducing the chances of deadly head-on collisions, and ensuring that emergency vehicles have room to maneuver. These goals are achieved through measures such as improving roadway design by installing median barriers, guard rails, rumble strips, roundabouts and properly set traffic signals.
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