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Carlsbad installs 'no-touch' crosswalk buttons amid COVID-19

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Posted at 1:40 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 16:40:04-04

CARLSBAD, Calif. (KGTV) — Crosswalk signals in Carlsbad will have a different look to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The city has implemented "no touch" crosswalks that automatically flash the "walk" and "don't walk" sign at intersections, so pedestrians don't need to press a button.

Starting Friday, 12 traffic signals in Carlsbad Village and near the coast will not need someone to press a button. The city hopes this will help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The city says the 12 locations were chosen because they see the highest amount of button pushes a day.

The traffic signals include:

  • Grand Ave at Jefferson Street
  • Grand Ave at Roosevelt Street
  • Grand Avenue at State Street
  • Grand Avenue at Carlsbad Boulevard
  • Carlsbad Village Drive at Harding Street
  • Carlsbad Village Drive at Jefferson Street
  • Carlsbad Village Drive at Madison Street
  • Carlsbad Village Drive at Roosevelt Street
  • Carlsbad Village Drive at State Street
  • Carlsbad Village Drive at Carlsbad Boulevard
  • Carlsbad Boulevard at Pine Avenue
  • Carlsbad Boulevard at Tamarack Avenue

The city says the changes are being done without additional costs. Additional intersections could also be added based on feedback and usage.