New crosswalk activation buttons for pedestrians in the heart of the Mountlake Terrace Town Center District have been installed and are now operating at the intersection of 232nd Street West and 56th Avenue West.
The newly installed push buttons and auditory messages at the intersection comply with new Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, and are the second in the city to be updated. All push buttons include raised arrows pointing in the direction of the crosswalk and emit a beeping tone every few seconds, enabling visually-impaired pedestrians to locate them.
Repeating auditory messages projected at the intersection include “Wait to cross 56th at 232nd,” and “Wait to cross 232nd at 56th.” When the walk signal does come on, the activation button vibrates for the benefit of visual and hearing-impaired pedestrians.
Similar crosswalk activation buttons are also being used in Mountlake Terrace at the intersection of 214th Street Southwest and 44th Avenue West.
— Story and photo by Doug Petrowski