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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 1:00 am

City installs auditory crosswalks at 3 spots

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne has installed auditory crosswalks in three downtown locations to help athletes and guests participating in the 2019 International Blind Sports Federation Qualifying Competition.

The city's Public Works Division partnered with Turnstone and Visit Fort Wayne to install the crosswalks at the intersections of Washington Boulevard and Harrison Street; Calhoun Street and Washington Boulevard; and Jefferson Boulevard and Harrison Street.

The cost for the crosswalks was about $6,000 each, city spokesman John Perlich said. The project was paid for from the public works budget, he added.

The qualifying competition, which runs from June 28 to July 9, is the first of its kind to be held in the United States and the largest international event to ever be held in Fort Wayne.

Roughly 600 delegates from more than 40 countries are registered to participate in the event, which will feature goalball and judo. The top performers will qualify for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Although the three downtown intersections were identified as priorities for the upcoming competition, they are the first step in a larger effort to modernize the city's pedestrian infrastructure through an ongoing Americans with Disabilities Act transition plan, Perlich said.

dgong@jg.net