- Walking across the street can be hard and dangerous when there's a lot of traffic.
Soon pedestrians in Minocqua will have new technology to help them cross four lanes of a state highway.
Along with the construction on highway 51, the DOT has added what's called a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon.
It's the first cross-walk of its kind to be installed in the Northwoods.
Three others were put in at Wisconsin Dells.
The device looks just like a stop light.
Pedestrians and bicyclists push a button to light up the red light and stop traffic.
"They reduce crashes in an area by 28 percent. They see a reasonable compliance with a motoring vehicle," said DOT Project Development Supervisor, Robin Stafford.
"So since there are so many vehicles up there, they felt that this would be a good place to try it."
Most pedestrian crosswalks give walkers 15 to 30 seconds to get across the street.
But this one will last 40 seconds.
"It'll go from a flashing yellow for the vehicles to a solid yellow, to a solid red and then back to a flashing red and back to blank," Stafford said.
"In that time period when it goes from a solid yellow to a solid red, that's when the pedestrians can safely cross the roadway."
The cross-walk will be activated next Wednesday.
Written By: Shardaa Gray