Traffic modeling and assessment conducted for the project, including a pedestrian sensitivity analysis (which tested artificially increasing pedestrian usage), indicates that the signal should function acceptably.
The traffic estimates and modeling indicate that pedestrian scrambles, diagonal crosswalks, and aerial pedestrian bridges are not viable from a cost-benefit standpoint.
There would be increased vehicular delays at Villard if there were to be a pedestrian scramble or diagonal crosswalk due to its increased crossing length (diagonal crosswalk) or if no vehicles were going through the intersection simultaneously (pedestrian scramble). In addition, at most, the typical volume of pedestrians is the level at which pedestrian scrambles are considered. Considering the high pedestrian traffic during events at Matthew Knight Arena, pedestrian scrambles may be used as a traffic management tool during events. We will also be upgrading the signal components at Villard as part of this project, increasing our ability to manage various traffic demand scenarios at this location.