URBANA - The city will soon have a new traffic signal operating in downtown that will benefit the visually impaired.
Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider provided details about the project while in Urbana Monday with Governor Pat Quinn.
Schneider said a "vibrotactile" signal will be at the corner of Race and Main Streets in Urbana. She said those who are visually impaired will be able to operate the signal simply by touch, helping them to know when it's safe to cross the street.
Schneider added that there are other locations in the state where the signal has been installed, and they have been successful. She said the signals are a part of the state's highway safety improvement program that is funded with federal money.