by Josh Gross
The new signal includes audible signals for the vision-impaired.
In order to minimize the signal's effect on traffic flow for the busy street, the crosswalk will only be triggered by a pedestrian pressing the button.
“The new pedestrian signals will be coordinated with other signals in the downtown corridor and will remain green for motorists unless activated by a pedestrian wishing to cross Capitol,” said Ross Oyen, ACHD’s traffic engineering supervisor, in a press release. "Because of the coordination with nearby signals, pedestrians may need to wait one minute or more before getting the 'OK' to walk after they’ve pressed the walk button."
Another problem intersection several blocks at Capitol Boulevard and Grove Street is also getting a stoplight. That light is expected to be operational by the end October.