Fort McCoy News July 22, 2016

Changes improve post traffic, pedestrian safety

Measures have been implemented at Fort McCoy to improve traffic and pedestrian safety.

These include the installation of flashing, solar-powered LED stop signs at intersections; the establishment of a tactical vehicle/equipment parking area near the Fort McCoy Commissary, Exchange, and McCoy's Community Center; removal of billboard-style directional signs at intersections; and installation of flashing pedestrian-crossing signs at several busy crosswalks.

Workers with the Sign Shop from the Directorate of Public Works install a solar-powered crosswalk sign in at Fort McCoy at the intersection of South J Street and South 11th Avenue.
Workers with the Sign Shop from the Directorate of Public Works install
a solar-powered crosswalk sign in at Fort McCoy at the intersection of
South J Street and South 11th Avenue.
Photo by Scott T. Sturkol


An older directory sign lays on the ground prior to being picked up near an installation intersection.
An older directory sign lays on the ground prior to being picked up near
an installation intersection. Such signs were removed from throughout
the cantonment area to increase visibility at intersections.
Photo by Scott
T. Sturkol

Many of the changes have made the post safer and are the result of a June 2015 meeting with several Fort McCoy agencies, said Safety Manager Randy Eddy with the Installation Safety Office.

Eddy said the Directorate of Emergency Services (DES), ISO, and Directorate of Public Works (DPW) worked together to implement the updates.

"At the ISO, we continually review traffic-accident data, which is directly reported to us or through the (Fort McCoy) Police Department," Eddy said.

"We also, in conjunction with the Police Department, routinely review other traffic data such as traffic violations and traffic flow.

Working together, we then develop proactive measures to improve overall traffic safety across the installation," he said.

The team approach process has resulted in improved traffic safety. "Removing the outdated billboard-style directional signs at intersections, for example, improved driver visibility," Eddy said.

DPW Director Liane Haun said DES, DPW, and ISO all must concur on changes made to traffic signs at the installation. Signs, for example, have to be enforceable by DES, placed in areas that don't cause safety issues according to ISO standards, and installed and made to specification by DPW personnel.

"To Fort McCoy, DPW serves a similar role as a department of transportation might serve for a state because of our engineers and other roles the directorate has," Haun said. "Because of our directorate's unique role, and the roles of DES and ISO to ensure traffic compliance and safety, we all have to have that three-way concurrence to ensure the best decisions are made."

Eddy said more changes are ahead. "We are working with DPW to update our street markings around the Main Gate area as well as repainting crosswalks," he said.

For more information about traffic safety at Fort McCoy, call the ISO at 608-388-3403.

   (Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office and the Installation Safety Office.)