City installs emergency red signal at Fire Station Number Two
Signal will provide safety for drivers and first responders
The City of Cedar Park has installed an emergency red signal at 1570 Cypress Creek Road, in front of Cedar Park Fire Department Fire Station Number Two. The signal will activate any time that a fire apparatus and/or ambulance leaves Fire Station Number Two, in order to stop traffic on Cypress Creek Road and give emergency vehicles protected right-of-way exiting out the parking lot.
Under normal operations the new signal will be flashing yellow, meaning that drivers should proceed with caution. When there is an emergency vehicle present the signal will be steady red, meaning that drivers should come to a complete stop and allow for the emergency vehicle that is present to exit. While the signal will be used primarily for emergency vehicles exiting the station, it may also be used – if necessary – for fire apparatus entering the station, as they usually have to back into the lot from Cypress Creek Road.
In recent years increased traffic levels along Cypress Creek Road had complicated emergency vehicle egress and ingress at the station. Cedar Park Fire Chief James Mallinger says that the new emergency signal will not only improve response times for emergency responders but will improve safety.
Chief Mallinger says, “The new signal will greatly enhance the safety of the Fire Fighters and the community, providing a safer exit and entrance into Fire Station Two. All of the employees in the Public Works Department’s Traffic Signals Division deserve credit for the signal being on time and under budget.”
The signal was a Fiscal Year 2018 Capital Improvement Project with a $90,000 construction budget. G. Carter Construction Company, Inc. had originally projected the completion to be June 2018 but was able to complete it by the end of April for $85,556.75.