PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — Florida Department of Transportation confirmed they will install mid-block crossing locations to enhance pedestrian safety in Pensacola.

FDOT says seven of the new mid-block crossing will be installed on West Cervantes Street between Dominguez and A Street. The mid-block crossings have layers of crosswalk visibility including:

  • Pavement markings that indicate where drivers should yield in advance of crosswalks
  • Rectangle Rapid Flashing Beacons which are used to gain driver attention

The rapid flashing beacons are an improvement to their counterpart traditional crosswalk warning lighters. These beacons use high-intensity flashing LEDs and are exceptionally noticeable for drivers both during day and night time. The amber-colored flashing will help make them visible to headlight glare, wet roads, or any other situation that may reduce visibility.

The new mid-block crossings are part of a $7 million effort to improve pedestrian safety along West Cervantes Street. This work is expected to be completed in mid-2022.

FDOT says all work on the roads is weather-depending and could be delayed or rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. Drivers are reminded to use caution along West Cervantes, especially at night, when traveling through a work zone and to watch for construction workers and equipment coming and going along the roadway.