When crossing the street, you can count on the countdown pedestrian signal to tell you exactly how many seconds you have to make it across safely. The Department of Transportation started installing them all over the country more than eight years ago, replacing the traditional "Walk/Don't Walk" pedestrian crossing signals.
The new lights now use universal symbols instead of printed word: a red hand for stop and a person walking for walk. The pedestrian signals were changed over in April of 2007 in the Tampa Bay area at a cost of $1.4 million according to the Florida Department of Transportation.
The average cost of one display signal is between $800 and $1,000 dollars. Do you think your federal tax dollars were well spent?
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