Major Safety Upgrade to Highway Traffic Lights
OmniGrip Direct has installed Vivacity LED footpath lights in Trafalgar, Victoria, delivering a major safety upgrade to the pedestrian crossings of the busy Princes Highway. The footpath lights are Vivacity LED Safety Tactiles that change colour with the traffic lights. The site is the third installation of the technology, and first in a regional area.
This section of the A1 Princes Highway connects Melbourne to the Latrobe Valley and East Gippsland, and onwards into southern New South Wales. It is a major freight route connecting the agricultural and industrial areas of south-eastern Victoria to the major markets and freights hubs in Melbourne. The upgraded crossing is outside Trafalgar Railway Station and is used by school students, train passengers and the broader community, assisting people with crossing the busy highway.
Vivacity LED Safety Tactiles are a LED footpath light that fundamentally rethinks how visual information is provided to pedestrians at traffic signals and pedestrian crossings for roads, tramlines and train tracks. The LED Safety Tactiles are a Tactile Ground Surface Indictor (TGSI) that incorporates LED lights that can be connected to traffic lights or flash yellow at an unsignalised crossing to warn pedestrians of a hazard.
Conventional traffic signals place the visual warning after the hazard – a red or green “man” located across the road as far from the pedestrian as it could be. The Vivacity LED Safety Tactile brings the visual safety warning to where the pedestrian is walking or standing.
The installation was funded by the Australian and Victorian Governments, to implement innovative technologies on roads in regional Victoria.
Baw Baw Shire Mayor Cr Danny Goss said, “With so many students using the busy Contingent Street crossing each day, I applaud the use of innovative technology to enhance safety for pedestrians and drivers in Trafalgar.
On behalf of Council, I welcome the project. I look forward to seeing the LED paving in action.”
Chief Executive Gary Commane said, “We’re delighted that our Vivacity LED Safety Tactiles will be reducing risk and improving safety where children cross one of the busiest highways in regional Victoria.”
Vivacity LED Safety Tactiles transform safety for pedestrians, and can be easily retrofitted to existing traffic lights. With the installation of their Australian-designed and manufactured control system, their night-time brightness can be adjusted to meet the needs of each site.