City upgrading traffic lights along Maple-Ash corridor

$90k project paid for with federal stimulus funds

SPOKANE, Wash. - Traffic lights upgrade vo

The city of Spokane is giving more than a dozen crosswalks along the Maple -- Ash corridor a safety upgrade with new traffic signals.

For some intersections in Spokane, it's out with the old traffic signals -- the ones with just the stick figure and hand -- and in with the new crosswalk signals that actually count you down as you're crossing the street and let you know exactly how much time you have left to across to the other side of the road.

In all, 16 intersections along Maple and Ash, stretching from Boone Ave. to Five Mile are getting a safety makeover. Countdown signals will be installed this fall.

"This really gives people the ability to know exactly how much time is left on the crossing so they don't get caught out in the middle of the crosswalk as traffic is starting to turn," Brian Coddington with the City of Spokane said.

The $90,000 project was funded by federal stimulus dollars. The city is also looking at installing these modern crosswalk signals at other intersections in town.

"We are looking at Nevada and Hamiliton and downtown, you will see a lot more of them as we replace them out and add new ones," Coddington said.