New stoplight technology puts pedestrians at ease - WNEM TV 5

New stoplight technology puts pedestrians at ease

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

The city of Saginaw received the green light to upgrade some intersections.

The improvements are part of an effort to improve traffic flow and increase safety for pedestrians and drivers.  

"I always wondered why we didn't have crosswalk lights there," Connie Downing said.

Downing is talking about the intersections of Michigan and Cooper, and Michigan and Houghton. They sit just outside Covenant Hospital in Saginaw.

Downing is director of women's and children's health. She said crossing at either one of those areas used to be an adventure thanks to busy traffic.

"It's never been a problem getting over there, but it didn't feel comfortable necessarily because we're used to having to make it safe," Downing said.

Earlier this week, the city installed new pedestrian push buttons at each intersection. Wireless vehicle detection was also added to aid in the flow of traffic. That means the light will only change for cross traffic if a car is there, or a pedestrian hits the crosswalk button.

"I look at that and said 'look what they're doing, that's great,'" Downing said.

Brian Owens agrees. He took advantage of the new improvements.

"Worked pretty nice," Owens said.

Owens is pleased with the enhancements for pedestrians here. He said things are much safer now than before.

"It's pretty busy. You take your life in your hands," Owens said.

Meanwhile, Downing thinks people who visit the hospital will have an easier time crossing the street to get a bite to eat. She said the landscape is changing for the better.

"There's a lot of improvements going on up and down Michigan Avenue and it's nice to see," Downing said.

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