On my daily walk to work down Wolfe Street shortly after the 1st of the year I was elated to see crews working on installing pedestrian countdown signals and rehanging the traffic lights on Aliceanna.
The request to upgrade the infrastructure at this intersection was made last April through the Southeast Walkability Initiative with the support of Senator Bill Fergusen and help of Councilman Jim Kraft. Councilman Kraft directed his staff to work with DOT representatives in order to ensure that safety concerns raised by Southeast residents were promptly addressed.
While the upgrade itself took a few months longer than originally planned, I am thrilled to see that our patience has been rewarded. Thanks to the efforts of my good friends Rebecca and Miranda we were able to direct city resources to increasing the walkability of our neighborhood.
It's been a couple of weeks since they first stared upgrading the infrastructure for the new countdown signals (there were no existing pedestrian signals at this busy intersection) and huge progress has been made. The countdown signals are now working and the traffic lights have been changed so that they are now visibile to both drivers and pedestrians. I want to personally thank Councilman Kraft and the staff at DOT for making this intersection safer for my family and our neighbors.
What a better way to welcome the new year? Sometimes it's the little things that make life in the City more enjoyable.