Brandon to install more audible pedestrian signals, city says

The City of Brandon vows to install more audible crossing signals on a handful of streets in the Wheat City.

City to explore retrofitting traffic lights on a trio of streets

The City of Brandon is looking to retrofit intersections with audible pedestrian signals. (Riley Laychuk/CBC)

The City of Brandon plans to install more audible crossing signals on a handful of streets in the Wheat City.

The plans have been in place for a while, a city spokesperson said after a legally blind man living in Brandon spoke to CBC News about the obstacles he faces while navigating the city's streets and sidewalks.

Gary Peasgood, 48, said he sometimes finds it tough to cross streets as he sometimes has no way of knowing when the light is green and for how long. 

Few intersections in Brandon are equipped with audible crossing signals, he said. 

The City of Brandon said in a statement Tuesday morning that while most of the traffic light infrastructure in the city is owned by the province, they plan to outfit city-owned signals on Park, Princess and Rosser avenues with audible signals when they come up for replacement.

The city is also exploring grant options to access funding to retrofit lights on those streets with audible signals. 

Brandon is also in the planning stages of developing an accessibility plan, the city said. 

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