Feedback signs, warning lights will caution drivers for pedestrian crosswalks

Construction finally started this week on the Kern Street pedestrian safety project.

Aimed at reducing vehicle versus pedestrian traffic accidents, the project involves flashing warning lights to motorists, caution signs, a radar speed feedback sign and other improvements on Kern from First Street to Hillard.

Crews from Lee Wilson Electric began placing signposts along Kern between Hillard and First Street.
The Taft City Council awarded the bid last fall, but the project was delayed by a steel shortage.

Rules for federally-funded projects require the use of American-made steel and it has been in short supply, according to city officials.

The total project is funded through a Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program grant.

There is no out-of-pocket cost to the City.

The project includes 14 solar-powered LED flashing warning signs for pedestrian crossings, two solar-powered LED flashing warning signs for school crossings and a pair of radar feedback signs warning motorists of their speed and advising them to slow down if they exceed the speed limit.

In addition, crosswalks will be repainted and other roadside caution signs will be installed.

Motorists can expect some lane closures on Kern when the crosswalks are painted.