It’s an effort to make the dangerous pedestrian crossings on the Bend Parkway safer. Crews are installing big warning lights that pedestrians activate when they want to cross the busy roadway. Transportation crews started installing a flashing light at two crosswalks; one at Reed Lane and the other at Badger Road. ODOT's Peter Murphy says the big warning light will only go into action when someone is in the crosswalk: "The rectangular rapid flashing beacon is something that's activated by pedestrians, so in that way it’s not just flashing all the time. When it is flashing it does tell motorists that somebody is there, as opposed to, we drive north, say through Terrebonne and there's a light that flashes all the time. Over times we've determined that that fades into our background." When the project is done there will be a total of 16 such beacons on either side of the highway at both places and they will be positioned to give drivers adequate stopping distance.
Last October a Bend man died at Reed Market Lane, as he attempted to cross there on his bicycle.