Jennifer Gwaltney 757-925-2583
July 24, 2014
BERKLEY BRIDGE PEDESTRIAN ACCESS PATHWAY SAFETY MEASURES COMPLETED
Administrative and traffic safety improvements implemented
NORFOLK– Following an internal review, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has completed the implementation of several measures to enhance safety for public use of the Berkley Bridge pedestrian access pathway.
VDOT initiated a review and inspection of the Berkley Bridge pedestrian access pathway following a June 14, 2014, incident involving a bicyclist. As of July 18, 2014, the review and all infrastructure improvements to the bridge pathway were completed.
To identify infrastructure improvements to the bridge pathway, VDOT conducted an inspection to provide increased safety for all pathway users. The infrastructure improvements included:
- Installation of improved signage and paint markings on the pathway
- Installation of flexible post delineators to guide bicycle and pedestrian traffic
Administrative procedures were also revised, which include:
- Eliminating the routine use of full-size motor vehicles on the pedestrian access pathway
- Requiring the use of golf cart-type vehicles for employee transportation
- Requiring the use of walking spotters to identify any potential safety issues when full-size vehicles are required on the pathway for equipment transport or maintenance
- Modifying bridge operator access
VDOT will continue to evaluate these administrative and traffic safety measures to ensure continued public safety of the pathway.
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