The new accessible pedestrian push buttons are currently installed and operating at the intersections of Farmington Avenue at Main Street, Farmington Avenue at Raymond Road, and New Park Avenue at Prospect Avenue. The State plans to install these at New Britain Avenue at Quaker Lane South/Newington Road, Newington Road at the Stop & Shop development. A developer plans to install these at the intersection of North Main Street at Sims Road as part of the Bishops Corner redevelopment project.
Here's how the new pedestrian push buttons work:
As you approach a corner that has a push button, you will hear a repetitive locator tone, which helps locate the push button.
The button has a raised arrow pointing towards its respective crosswalk. When the button is pushed a red light will illuminate and stay on and the button will say, “Wait.” It will repeat “Wait” and the red light will stay on until the exclusive pedestrian signal phase begins (All vehicles stop and pedestrians are allowed to start crossing).
When the exclusive pedestrian phase starts, a walking person is displayed for a short time period on the pedestrian signal and the button will say, “The Walk Light is on to Cross.” This message will repeat while the walking person is displayed. The arrow on the push button will vibrate and the red light on the button will turn off.
The walking person will turn off and the pedestrian signal will start counting down the remaining number of seconds to complete the intersection crossing. During this countdown, the “Walk light is on to Cross” message stops and the arrow will stop vibrating. The repetitive locator tone will start again and help the pedestrian to the other side of the crosswalk.
The type of locator tone, verbal messages, and volume for all of the buttons can be individually programmed by our Public Works Department.