September 12, 2017 10:39 PM
DULUTH - A new pedestrian safety system at the intersection of Grand Avenue Place in Duluth was highlighted at a press conference on Tuesday. This is also the location of a DTA bus stop.
The goal of the system is to increase safety for pedestrians crossing the street. Pedestrians push a button to alert drivers they want to cross the street. A light then flashes alerting drivers to stop and yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.
Duane Hill, MnDOT District Engineer, says that the system will benefit more than just the pedestrians.
"The highway 23 project made significant improvements along the Grand Avenue corridor for pedestrians, for people to use the transit system, for bikers, and for the people that drive through the roadway," said Hill.
Hill wants to make sure pedestrians push the button before crossing the street. The lights will not flash unless the button is pressed.
Dennis Jensen, Duluth Transit Authority Director says that the Grand Avenue routes have become the busiest routes that the DTA has.
He says around 4,000-5,000 people are transported each day. A lot of those people have to cross Grand Avenue to get to the bus.
"We want to make sure that when they have to get to a bus stop then they can cross the street safely," said Jensen.
It is the law in Minnesota to stop for pedestrians in a marked crosswalk.
Ken Zwak, Duluth Police Department Lieutenant says that pedestrians still need to look both ways before crossing the street.
The pedestrian system is one of five located along Grand Avenue that were installed last year as part of the project.
Other safety tips for drivers and pedestrians include:
-Pedestrians making sure motorists see them before crossing the street. Pedestrians and motorists should try to make eye contact.
-Pedestrians should wear light colored clothing at night to make them more visible to drivers.
-Motorists need to be aware that the lights are flashing and stop 2 to 3 car lengths before the crosswalk.
Updated: September 12, 2017 10:39 PM
Created: September 12, 2017 02:54 PM
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