The city of Fort Wayne has installed auditory crosswalks at three downtown locations that will assist athletes and guests who will attend July's the 2019 ISBA Goalball and Judo International Qualifier.
The Capital Improvement Board, which oversees money collected from the Allen County restaurant tax, was told at its May 23 meeting at Grand Wayne Convention Center that the auditory crosswalks are in place near it.
International Blind Sports Federation and Turnstone are co-hosting the qualifier, with the goalball competitions to be held at Turnstone and Indiana Tech, and the judo events at downtown's Grand Wayne.
The auditory crosswalks are operational at the intersections of Washington Boulevard and Harrison Street; Calhoun Street and Washington Boulevard; and Jefferson Boulevard and Harrison, according to a statement from John Perlich of Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry's office.
Henry’s Administration and the city's public works division partnered with Turnstone and Visit Fort Wayne to install the auditory crosswalks downtown.
The Paralympic sports competition will be in Fort Wayne June 28-July 9, with over 600 athletes, coaches and delegates expected to come from more than 40 countries. The top performers will qualify for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
The auditory crosswalks will remain in place after the competition and are part of a larger project to modernize pedestrian infrastructure in the city through an ongoing Americans with Disabilities Act transition plan, according to the statement from the mayor's office.