Pedestrian light emitting diode (LED) crosswalk control treatments in British Columbia range from $10,000 to $125,000.

British Columbia study offers cost analysis of multiple pedestrian crosswalk engineering treatments.


Summary Information

The current pedestrian crossing warrant model for British Columbia divides treatments into three main categories: signing and markings, special crosswalks, and pedestrian signals. Special crosswalks initially meant overhead beacon systems but that section now includes in-road warning lights (IRWL), rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFBs) and LED-enhanced signs.

Estimated costs for the various treatment types are depicted in the table below.

TreatmentInitial Cost
Sign and MarkingsLess than $10,000
Solar RRFB system$35,000
AC RRFB systemLine power location dependent + operation cost
Solar IRWL + RRFB $50,000
AC IRWL + RRFBLine power location dependent + operation cost
Overhead Beacons or RRFBs (mast arms)$60,000 + operation cost
Overhead Beacons + IRWL
(solar may be available)
$80,000 + operation cost
Pedestrian or half signal$125,000 + operation cost

After standard signs and markings, solar-powered RRFB systems were found to be the cheapest to install and operate when compared to overhead beacons. Most IRWL sites tested included overhead beacons; however, IRWL systems may be solar powered and may operate with RRFBs instead. Such a system will significantly reduce the installation cost since no overhead mast arms are required. Additionally, long-term operational costs are also reduced because of the off-grid power provided by solar generation.

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An Evaluation of Special Crosswalk Treatments in British Columbia

Author: Faisal Hamood, P.Eng., M.Eng. and Rishi Gupta, P.Eng., Ph.D.

Published By: ITE

Source Date: 12/01/2018


System Cost

Pedestrian Crosswalk Warning: $10,000 - $25,000 ($2018)


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Cost ID: 2019-00423