New Pedestrian Crossing Coming to 31st & Girard
Minneapolis has begun the construction of a new, enhanced crosswalk on the western side of W. 31st Street at Girard Avenue S. In fact the concrete work on the new, accessible pedestrian ramps are nearly complete.
This crossing has been selected as one of the locations to be outfitted with a red-flashing pedestrian signal. This style of pedestrian crossing signal is experimental and has been approved by the FHWA for testing and evaluation at a handful of locations in Minneapolis.
The pedestrian signal is expected to be installed within the next few weeks. If all goes well, the completed and fully operational pedestrian signal is scheduled to be up and running by mid-December.
The crosswalk markings at this location will be a zebra style marked crosswalk. The current plan is to install this crosswalk using preformed thermoplastic. However, if once the signal is complete Public Works cannot achieve appropriate pavement conditions (needs to be a dry surface)we may have to consider an interim option until the earliest possible thermoplastic install opportunity in 2015.