MOUNT VERNON — Pedestrians will be walking a new, safer path on Mount Vernon’s Public Square, according to City Engineer Brian Ball.
Ball explained that direct, “V” shaped crosswalks around Public Square will replace the “T” crosswalks at North Main, South Main and East High streets and the “Y” shaped crosswalk at West High Street. This change, Ball said, was made in order to meet current handicap standards.
Those standards, according to Ball, dictate that a person with vision impairment has a “detectable warning” on each end of a crosswalk letting them know they are leaving safe walking areas. This detectable warning is the small patch of bumps on the sidewalk at the start of each crosswalk. Until recently, the square did not have detectable warnings, but those were added and the curb ramps widened on all the entrances to the square prior to the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival last week, Ball said.