Various Signalized Intersection Safety Improvements

Project Description: 

The city operates and maintains 61 signalized intersections, most of which were installed many years ago. As part of routine maintenance efforts and various capital improvement projects, some traffic signals have been upgraded to include count-down pedestrian signal indications and larger size vehicle indications. This project will upgrade all remaining pedestrian signal indications with count-down models and increase the size of many vehicle indications. In addition, as part of the upgrades at the intersections of Sunrise Blvd/Macy Plaza Drive and Sunrise Blvd/Birdcage Center, upgraded accessible curb ramps will be installed and a median fence will be installed at the intersection of Greenback Lane and Auburn Boulevard.

ped headWhat is a count-down pedestrian signal indication? 
When pedestrians cross a road at a traffic signal within the City of Citrus Heights, they must first push a button and wait for the “walk” signal. The indication that shows the “walk” and “flashing hand” are known as the pedestrian signal. Some models of this signal count-down the time remaining to complete the road crossing. These models are known as the ‘count-down’ models. Other models only show a blinking red hand, but do not display any additional information. The count-down models allow users to make more informed decisions on when to cross the road and reduce the number of pedestrians within the crosswalk when the light turns to the next phase. Currently, there are 11 traffic signals in the city in need of count-down pedestrian signal indications

signal headWhat is a vehicle signal indication? 
The vehicle signal indications are the red, yellow and green lights than inform motorists when to proceed through an intersection and when to stop. Within the city, there are two different sizes of vehicle signal indications. The larger indications provide an increased visibility of the traffic signals and enhances the drivers’ ability to react to upstream roadway conditions. Currently, there are 29 traffic signals in the city in need of increased vehicle indication sizes.

What is the purpose of the median fence? At the intersection of Greenback Ln/Auburn Blvd, several pedestrian-involved crashes have occurred related to pedestrians crossing the roadway outside of the intersection's crosswalks. Installation of a pedestrian median barrier will prohibit pedestrians from crossing at these locations, guiding them to use the designated controlled crosswalks at the adjacent traffic signals.

What will be done at Sunrise Blvd/Macy Plaza and Sunrise Blvd/Birdcage Center? Currently, when walking along the east side of Sunrise Boulevard (adjacent to the Sunrise Mall), there are no push buttons or pedestrian signal indications informing when to cross at these two signalized intersections. In addition, the crosswalks are narrow and there is not much space for pedestrians as they wait. This project will upgrade the traffic signals to include count-down pedestrian indications, install accessible curb ramps, install pedestrian push buttons, and widen the crosswalk to provide increased safety for all users of these intersections.

Online Survey:

A fence will be installed within the raised medians near the intersection of Greenback Lane & Auburn Boulevard. 

Please complete this brief survey letting us which fence design you prefer:

The survey will close at midnight on February 28, 2019.

signalized intersection flyer

Community Open House:

A community Open House will be held to discuss the project and proposed safety measures, receive feedback on the aesthetics of the median fencing, and hear any questions, comments, and/or concerns. Information on the meeting is as follows:

Date: February 20, 2019

Time: 5:30 to 7:00 PM.

Location: Citrus Heights Community Center (Hall A); 
6300 Fountain Square Drive

Drop by anytime during the Open House.
Short presentations will be given at 5:45 PM and 6:30.

Please see a copy of the information flier with more info. ENGLISH LINK

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Can’t make the meeting? Please send your comments and questions to

Project Status:  

The project is in the final design phase with a Community Open House scheduled for February 20th.  A public survey requesting feedback on the aesthetics of the fence will be open for the month of February.  Survey results will be tallied in March 2019. Construction is anticipated to begin late summer 2019.


General Services Department, 916-727-4770

Page last updated February 6, 2019.