A pedestrian-activated stoplight should be operating on El Camino at Almendral Avenue by the end of the summer, Atherton officials say.
The city decided to pay to install the stoplight after 32-year-old Atherton resident Shahriar Rahimzadeh was fatally injured in July 2014, crossing El Camino at Almendral.
City Manager George Rodericks said the light will cost $330,000, with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District paying half the cost.
Work has begin on installing the light, officially known as a pedestrian hybrid beacon, and some lanes will be closed at times. The town says any lane closures will be between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The light remains dark until a pedestrian or cyclist presses a button, which causes a cycle of blinking yellow, yellow, red and blinking red lights before going dark again.
The Menlo Park Fire Protection District helped pay for the light because it will be able to activate it from its Almendral fire station, making it easier for fire trucks to get onto El Camino.
Caltrans had previously agreed to install, at its cost, two similar stoplights on El Camino at Isabella and Alejandra avenues, sites of other serious and fatal accidents. However, despite political pressure from the town, Caltrans does not plan to install the stoplights until sometime in 2017.
The light at Almendral will be owned and maintained by Caltrans once it is installed. El Camino Real is a state highway.
A YouTube video of a similar stoplight can be viewed online.