Stop and read this, but don’t stop at any of these signs unless there is a pedestrian in the crosswalk, or attempting to enter the crosswalk. That’s right–you don’t need to stop unless someone is attempting to cross the street.
The signs were installed by the Oregon Department of Transportation Thursday evening at intersections that recently had ADA curb ramps installed; these intersections have had incidents where pedestrians have previously been hit or have otherwise heavy pedestrian use in crosswalks, such as the intersection near the Josephine County Courthouse.
The City has no jurisdiction over the signs; they are installed on 6th and 7th streets, which are state-maintained roads.
ODOT spokesman Gary Leaming said the signs are bolted into the pavement but do have the ability to bend if struck by a vehicle. The signs are considered added value to the ADA curb ramps, and there is no plan to remove them, Leaming said.
These are the intersections where the signs have been installed:
- 7th and C
- 7th and School
- 7th and Midland
- 7th and Steiger
- 6th and B
- 6th and Steiger
- 6th and Midland
If people have more questions about these signs, please call Gary Leaming at 541-621-3074.