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New Pedestrian Light System for 39th Crosswalk

July 25, 2016

Kansas City, Kan. — Installation begins Monday, Aug.1, on a new pedestrian crosswalk lighting system on 39th street at The University of Kansas Hospital.

Slated to debut Monday, Aug. 8 (weather permitting), the new "Rapid Repeat Flashing Light" system relies on pedestrians to push a button that will activate bright flashing lights. Pedestrians must wait for the signal before crossing. Drivers will be expected to stop until the flashing lights cease; the lights will flash for a programmed length of time.

In addition to enhancing pedestrian safety, the new system is expected to improve traffic flow on 39th Street.

During the system's installation, parts of the sidewalk will be completely closed. Also, as part of the installation, eastbound traffic on 39th Street will be reduced to one lane Aug. 1 to Saturday, Aug. 6. Westbound traffic will be reduced to one lane from Wednesday, Aug. 3 to Friday, Aug. 5.

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