Cost

A bicycle safety system was installed for $5,000 at a tunnel near Chelan, Washington.

From the Rural ITS Toolbox report: Subsection 7.7 Bike Safety Systems


November 2001
Chelan,Washington,United States


Summary Information

A Bicycle in Tunnel Warning System was deployed at a tunnel on Highway 971 near Chelan, Washington by the Washington State DOT. Flashing beacons on a fixed message sign are activated when a cyclist presses a push-button, and deactivated after a preset time interval has passed. The fixed message sign reads, "PEDS/BICYCLES IN TUNNEL WHEN FLASHING." The shoulder area near the tunnel entrance was widened to allow cyclists to pull off the road safely and activate the tunnel warning system. The system cost $5,000 to build and install in 1979. The cost was kept low due to the existing power source at the tunnel entrance.


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Source

Rural ITS Toolbox

Author: Deeter, D., H. M. Zarean, and D. Register

Published By: U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration

Source Date: November 2001

EDL Number: 13477

Other Reference Number: FHWA-OP-01-030


System Cost

System cost: $5,000 (1979).

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Emergency preemption equipment was deployed at several intersections in British Columbia, Canada at a cost of $4,000 (Canadian) per intersection.

The cost to equip a police vehicle in Dane County, Wisconsin for coordinated interagency incident response was $8,000 to $10,000.

Benefits From This Source

In Colorado, a downhill truck speed warning system installed on a curved section of I-70 reduced 85th percentile truck speeds by 27 percent.

Lessons From This Source

Provide traveler information in rural areas to allow for good travel decisions in inclement weather and construction season.

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Cost ID: 2003-00044