Connect with us

News You Can Use

SDOT adopting policy that will give pedestrians head start at intersections

By: KIRO 7 News Staff

Pedestrians will be able to cross the streets more safely soon, as SDOT works on implementing a new policy that changes traffic signals to give pedestrians a three- to seven-second head start in the crosswalk before drivers get a green light. 

The strategy, known as leading pedestrian interval, leads to a 60 percent reduction in pedestrian-vehicle collisions according to a federal study. 

There are currently at least 50 intersections that utilize LPIs, and SDOT plans to put the safety improvements in at least 150 locations by 2021. 

The policy also establishes that SDOT will consider adding an LPI whenever a new traffic signal is built or during other signal maintenance work. 

These crossing signals will be added on a 2.5-mile stretch of Rainier Avenue this summer. 

Recall alert: Macleods Pharmaceuticals pulls Losartan from shelves


Recall alert: Honda Ridgelines recalled, could catch fire after using car wash


Office Depot and tech support firm to pay $35 million after investigation by Jesse Jones

Jesse’s Story of the Day

Recall alert: Watermelon juice recalled, could contain plastic