City Testing New Crosswalk Countdown Signals

The City of Winnipeg will begin testing new pedestrian countdown signals this week as part of a pilot project.

In what’s been part of larger cities’ traffic signal systems for years, four crosswalks at the intersection of Portage Avenue and Donald Street.

The countdown signals will let pedestrians crossing the street aware of how many seconds they have to safely cross the street.

“The signals provided particular benefit to vulnerable road users such as children, the elderly and pedestrians with limited mobility,” said Luis Escobar, the city’s manager of transportation.

Installation is expected to cost approximately $10,000 per intersection.

Based on feedback, the countdown signals could be expanded to other locations.

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