The City of Savannah is trying to make it a little easier to cross the busy streets downtown, especially for the visually impaired. Today the city showed off its new audible crosswalk in front of City Hall at Bull and Bay Streets. Along with the usual visual cue, the new crossing guide provides a numeric countdown and then a beep to let pedestrians know it's safe to cross.
Savannah officials believe this provides a valuable service to the visually impaired.
"I think it assists all pedestrians, because a lot of time a person may be waiting on the light and may not be paying attention to the traffic or what the pedestrian signal is doing," noted Stephen Henry of Savannah.
Officials are hopeful that in the near future all of Bay Street's crossing signals will be upgraded to the new audible systems.