New Crosswalks Explained

New Crosswalks Explained

The intersections of Ann Arbor Trail and Main, S. Mill and Park, and S. Main at Hartsough are all sporting new crosswalk signals that are designed to make motorists more aware of the presence of pedestrians and increase safety.

"Leading Pedestrian Interval" (LPI) signals have been installed at the Ann Arbor Trail and Main Street intersection. The new push-button signals give pedestrians a four-second head start to cross the street before vehicular traffic gets a green light. The pedestrian crossing signals will remain in the "don't walk" mode until the button is pushed so that vehicular traffic isn't slowed when pedestrians aren't present.

The new HAWK signal at S. Mill and Park is normally in an “off” position until it is activated by someone wanting to cross S. Mill.  When pedestrians wish to cross the street, they push a button, and the signal begins with a flashing yellow light that warns drivers approaching the crosswalk to slow down.  The flashing yellow light is followed by a solid yellow light, telling drivers to prepare to stop.  The signal then changes to a solid red, requiring drivers to stop, and then the pedestrian gets a walk signal. The solid red signal converts to a flashing red after a few seconds, allowing drivers to proceed when safe to do so.

On S. Main and Hartsough, the new signal begins to flash when a pedestrian activates it, warning motorists that someone is preparing to cross the street.  Motorists are required to stop when the light is flashing, and someone is in the crosswalk.  

For a visual of these crossings, please view the City of Plymouth Facebook Page.

“Our infrastructure improvement plan included these crossings as a way to make the City safer and more enjoyable,” said Mayor Oliver Wolcott.  “This is especially important with so many more people out walking due to the pandemic.”