Crosswalk Improvements - Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB)

2024 Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon Program

Five intersection crosswalks will be upgraded with RRFBs for heightened pedestrian crossing visibility and safety due to higher traffic volumes and visibility requirements. They are part of the annual installation program which is based on priority.

Construction Notices

Installation is scheduled to begin in March and work will be completed in April. Traffic will be single lane alternating and delays are expected. The locations of these RRFBs are:

  • First Avenue at Nowell Street
  • Yale Road at Hazel Street
  • Yale Road at Kipp Avenue
  • Young Road at Lewis Avenue
  • Young Road at Reece Avenue

The following locations are in the design stage for future RRFB installations:

  • First Avenue at Williams Street
  • Reece Avenue at Williams Street
  • Tyson Road at Mt. Slesse School (the overhead flashing amber lights will change to an RRFB)
  • Yale Road at Victor Street

Completed Works

Airport Road and the Valley Rail Trail

The RRFB located on the northside of Airport Road and the Valley Rail Trail was relocated closer to the road for better visibility.

The work was awarded to Crown Contracting Limited and was completed in January 2024.

What is an RRFB?

Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) are rectangular in shape and have lights that flash in a rapid flickering pattern once activated.  They have been shown to significantly improve driver compliance at crosswalks. 




Background

  • The City of Chilliwack has made significant improvements to pedestrian crossings over the last few years and now has seven fully signalized pedestrian crossings and 34 Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) crossings. 
  • Ongoing evaluations and the adding of crosswalk/crossing improvements will continue each year as the City experiences ongoing growth and the development of the Active Transportation Plan.

Education

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Attachments
Description Date File Size 
RRFB Site Map - Proposed Locations 2024 2024-01-04 1.13MB