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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. 

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