Eyes on the Street: Diagonal Crosswalk Coming to State/Jackson?

New diagonal crossing signals at State/Jackson
The signal points to the center of the intersection. Photo: Kevin Zolkiewicz.

Kevin Zolkiewicz sent us these photos on Saturday showing the new pedestrian crossing signals pointing diagonally across the intersection of State Street and Jackson Boulevard, right outside DePaul University’s Loop campus. We’re waiting for confirmation from CDOT, but it looks like these signals are designed to work as part of an exclusive pedestrian phase — known as a pedestrian scramble or Barnes Dance — in which people on foot can cross the intersection in any direction. This treatment is common in Los Angeles, Seattle, and Tokyo.

Kevin writes that there appear to be small speakers above the new signals. We have an inquiry in with CDOT to find out more about what’s happening.

New diagonal crossing signals at State/Jackson
The small speaker above a diagonal crossing signal. Photo: Kevin Zolkiewicz.

New diagonal crossing signals at State/Jackson
Photo: Kevin Zolkiewicz.
New diagonal crossing signals at State/Jackson
Photo: Kevin Zolkiewicz.

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