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Published October 06, 2013, 12:50 PM

ND's largest city upgrading its pedestrian signals

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's largest city is upgrading its pedestrian signals to help visually impaired and blind walkers safely cross city streets.

By: Associated Press, WDAY

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's largest city is upgrading its pedestrian signals to help visually impaired and blind walkers safely cross city streets.

The Forum newspaper reports that the new system features a voice that tells the pedestrian to either wait or cross the street. There's also an audible countdown that warns people when the light is going to change.

Many pedestrians have complained about the current "chirpers" that are in place at many of the downtown intersections. Fargo officials plan to turn those off or remove them.

Officials say the chirping noise can bounce off walls, confusing a blind pedestrian by hindering his or her ability to listen to the traffic flow. The voice is more targeted with the new system and directed at the corner where the pedestrian is standing.

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