Bike and Pedestrian Friendly Watt Avenue Interchange Nears Completion
For almost two years, Sacramento motorists have had to deal with heavy construction and delays around the Watt Avenue interchange, one of the city's busiest intersections. After years of preparation, Sacramento drivers will be happy to hear that construction on the Watt Avenue and Highway 50 interchange is almost finished, and will bring significant improvements in safety and convenience for pedestrians and motorists.
Upon completion, the Watt Avenue Interchange will become Sacramento's first freeway overpass with separate lanes for cars, busses, pedestrians and bicyclists. The design of this project is indicative of Sacramento's larger vision for transportation around the city, which will encourage residents to walk, bike, and take public transit to their destinations.
The new Watt Avenue bike and pedestrian loops, located under the freeway's On and Off-ramps, will keep these groups away from the heavy traffic that accompanies the almost 80,000 drivers using Watt Avenue every day. These separate lanes accounted for nearly 6 out of the project's $40 million budget and were designed through a collaboration between city officials and Sacramento's bicycling advocates to provide pedestrians and bikers with safe access to the American River recreational trial.
These improvements to pedestrian and bicycle safety standards on Sacramento's roadways are well-timed, especially following a rash of pedestrian deaths caused by the Regional Transit Authority in 2014. Pedestrian accidents are a still major problem in Sacramento and in the United States as a whole. The Center for Disease Control released the following statistics about pedestrian fatalities:
– In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes, and another
76,000 were injured.
– Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed during a traffic accident than an occupant in a passenger vehicle.
– Older adults and young children faced the highest risk, with adults 65 and older accounting for 20% of all pedestrian deaths in 2012.
By adding a degree of separation between bikers, pedestrians and drivers, Sacramento officials hope to cut down on these types of tragic accidents and make the road ways safer for everyone. This type of ambitious project could become a standard for other American cities looking to improve roadway efficiency while also encouraging alternative means of transportation.
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