Reston, VA

A potentially dangerous area along the Washington & Old Dominion Trail now has improved safety.

NOVA Parks installed flashing beacons at the intersection of Hunter Mill Road and the W&OD Trail over the summer.

“When activated by trail users attempting to cross Hunter Mill Road, the push-button flashing beacons provide an additional visual indicator to oncoming drivers to slow down and watch for pedestrians and cyclists crossing the road,” said Brian Nolan, director of planning and development for NOVA Parks.

The project was completed earlier this month for roughly $80,000, Nolan told Reston Now.

Flashing beacons are a common, low-cost fix to improve safety. The Federal Highway Administration has issued interim approval to use the devices. State and local agencies must receive permission prior to installing flashing beacons.

Photo via W&OD Trail/Facebook

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