New San Jose/Santa Clara Traffic Signal Update
On September 19th, the City of Santa Clara and City of San Jose activated a new traffic signal at the intersection of Stevens Creek Boulevard and Henry Avenue.
This traffic signal was installed by the City of San Jose after a traffic signal warrant study. The study took into consideration factors such as traffic volumes, pedestrian volumes, and collision history. It was determined that a traffic signal at this intersection is warranted and necessary. Supported by Federal One Bay Area Grant (OBAG) funding, the City of San Jose, as the lead agency, conducted outreach with both San Jose and Santa Clara stakeholders, designed the improvements with feedback from the City of Santa Clara, and constructed this project at no cost to the City of Santa Clara. As segments of Stevens Creek Boulevard are jointly owned and operated by both the City of San Jose and City of Santa Clara, extensive coordination between both jurisdictions occurred during the community outreach, design, and construction phases. Per a joint maintenance agreement between both jurisdictions, the City of San Jose will operate and maintain this new traffic signal.
Due to the unique geometry of this intersection, (North and South Henry Avenues are offset with only left and right hand turns permitted), a new Flashing Yellow Arrow (FYA) signal is being used to draw attention to pedestrians and conflicting vehicles. Motorists approaching Stevens Creek Boulevard from Henry Avenue will see a flashing yellow arrow indication instead of a typical green arrow when making a turn. A flashing yellow arrow indicates that motorists are required to yield to pedestrians crossing the street and to oncoming vehicular traffic. The City of San Jose has produced an informational flyer showing how motorists should treat the new FYA signal. The flyer is attached and can be found here: http://santaclaraca.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=61449
For more information, please contact the City of Santa Clara Public Works Department at (408) 615-3000.