Solution sought for loud chirping crosswalk problem

There's a touchy tug of war over the peace and quiet in a Raleigh neighborhood.
November 13, 2013 1:54:39 PM PST
There's a touchy tug of war over the peace and quiet in a Raleigh neighborhood.

Some say the chirping crosswalk signals for the visually impaired are bothering people who live nearby, especially at night. Now, after months of tweaking the volume, the city is finally has a solution.

At issue was an intersection right outside Cameron Village. The city tried to adjust the volume down, but that caused problems too.

"They need to be loud enough so the chirps can be heard over the high level traffic," said James Benton, with the Mayor's Committee for Disabled People.

"We've adjusted the levels up and down," said Mike Keenon, the city's transportation operations manager. "We have gone back and forth a little bit trying to find that balance."

The city said the chirping crosswalks around Cameron Village are at least 15 years old. New ones adjust their own volume according to ambient noise.

Keenon said Raleigh will spend about $5,200 for each of the 10 more intersections it still needs to upgrade, like the one in Cameron Village, in the next 60 days.

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