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Thornton adapting crossing for the visually impaired

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An effort between the City of Thornton and the Center for People with Disabilities seeks to make the seemingly simple task of navigating a traffic intersection safer for visually impaired pedestrians.

John Behan, Traffic Project Manager for City of Thornton, said updates include re-taping certain crosswalks with a reflective tape and installing an Accessible Pedestrian Signal, with audible queues, at three crosswalks.

Accessible Pedestrian Signals help people with visual impairment hear by speaking to the individual to let them know when it is safe to cross, Behan said.

The city and the Center for People With Disabilities are focusing on crosswalks that are more prevalently used by more people with visual impairments.

Although there is not a specific list of crosswalks being upgraded, the City of Thornton has already completed the project on three crosswalks, the most recent is 103rd and Washington.

“But there is not a timeline in place for future walks to be completed,” Behan said.

Behan said there is no list of specific crosswalks that will be upgraded. As the center learns of more crosswalks that are used, the City of Thornton will remodify the crosswalk and make it safer for the visual impaired to use safely.

If you know of a specific crosswalk that is used daily by a person with a visual impairment, please contact the Center for People with Disabilities at 303 790-1390.

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