GRAND RAPIDS, MN — If you’re driving through Grand Rapids, you may come across something that’ll make you hit the brakes.
The city recently installed a new style of crosswalk, which is aimed at making the area safer for pedestrians.They hope it will encourage people to slow down before it’s too late.
City spokespeople say the crosswalk uses different colors and shapes, to give off the impression that a driver is approaching something in the road.
At the intersection of Pokegema Avenue and 9th street, the crosswalk is located right next to a playground, which the city spokespeople say felt like a perfect trial run.
“At the current position, especially, it is right next to a park so we have a lot of students that are crossing the road. To get the visibility there to get people aware of the crosswalks and pedestrians was our key reason for installing it,” says Kevin Koetz, the Public Works Superintendent for the city of Grand Rapids.
Right now, only drivers headed northbound on Pokegama Avenue can see the 3-d version. To drivers headed south it just looks like a regular crosswalk.
“That’s probably the next goal is to do a southbound one on the same intersection so its visible from both ways.”
Making awareness, and improving safety are the City’s goals moving forward.
“We will get the citizens take on it, if they like it or not and possibly add some more”
If the location ends up being safer, then the city plans to consider other locations for this type of crosswalk.