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St. Paul gets grant for accessible street-crossing signals

St. Paul will add to its collection of accessible pedestrian signals with a $260,000 grant. Those types of signals help the blind and visually impaired safely cross intersections by sending audible or vibrating information about the timing of traffic lights.

The money comes from a federal New Freedom Initiative grant, administered through the Metropolitan Council.

The city currently has seven accessible signals and plans to install eight more in the coming months. The new grant will allow them to install 16 to 20 more, according to Brian Vitek of the city’s public works  department.

Vitek said the Accessible Pedestrian Signals currently employed are at Wabasha and Plato, along University at Hampden and at Prior, Shepard Road and Gannon, along West Seventh at Maynard and at St. Paul Avenue, and Cretin and Grand.

Those scheduled to be installed are: along West Seventh at Albion and at Davern, along Snelling at Concordia, at St. Anthony, at Spruce Tree and at Minnehaha, Mounds Boulevard and Third Avenue, and Cleveland and Ford Parkway.

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