Greenwood soon will tell pedestrians: It’s OK to walk

You have to dodge or hustle past speeding traffic if you try to travel across Greenwood on foot or bike, but city officials hope crosswalks will make it safer.

Greenwood just installed a new crosswalk on Madison Avenue in the Old Town area and plans to add talking signals this month at U.S. 31 and Smith Valley Road and at Smith Valley Road and Madison Avenue. They will be the first audible crosswalks in the city, or in Johnson County, for that matter.

A robotic voice will tell you that you’re coming up on U.S. 31 and need to wait for the walk signal, or that you can now cross U.S. 31. Another talking crossing will guide pedestrians across the intersection of Smith Valley Road and Madison Avenue on foot.

The city plans to ask the Indiana Department of Transportation to install crosswalks at other busy intersections on two state-maintained highways. The goal with all the projects is to make it safer for people to walk, bike or run across Greenwood, community development services director Mark Richards said.

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