Pedestrian safety improvements coming to Foothill Expressway

The Foothill Expwy. intersection at W. Edith that will see improvements. Image from Google Maps.

New improvements are coming in September to improve pedestrian safety on one of the West Valley’s busiest corridors.

On Tuesday, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors authorized the project at five intersections along Foothill Expressway.

Construction of pedestrian sensors and mast arms is set for the intersections at Arastradero Rd., W. Edith Ave, Main St., Spring Rd. / Magdalena Ave., and Grant Rd.

The new system will detect when pedestrians are actually using the intersections, adding more walk time for users. The technology aims to cut down on wait times for drivers while ensuring adequate time for crossings.

“Adding more time for residents who need it to get across the Expressway safely is just plain common sense, and the good news for drivers in a hurry is that they won’t be slowed down unnecessarily because the technology adjusts automatically,” said Supervisor Joe Simitian.

To utilize the new sensors, crews will install new traffic signal poles with mast arms at Main St. and Edith Ave. In addition to aiding the technology, these arms will improve light visibility for drivers.

“This is a smart investment by the County in the safety of kids and community,” said Board Trustee President Lori Cunningham, Cupertino Union School Board.

Cunningham noted that many students cross Foothill each day between their schools and homes.

Work on the project is expected to start in September.