A secret pedestrian signal sits underground at a favorite Rockville intersection

A pedestrian signal at a popular intersection is hidden behind scaffolding. The signal, affixed to a pole above a pedestrian walkway in Broad Ripple, overlooks a stop light where drivers must stop before crossing…

A secret pedestrian signal sits underground at a favorite Rockville intersection

A pedestrian signal at a popular intersection is hidden behind scaffolding.

The signal, affixed to a pole above a pedestrian walkway in Broad Ripple, overlooks a stop light where drivers must stop before crossing the street, narrowly missing the pavement. The railings that surround the light poles are covered with plywood to conceal the signal, according to Jim Green, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Transportation.

The signal was installed around a decade ago, at the time the intersection was a bus stop.

Green said the upgrade for the pedestrian crossing was simply to “clean up and repaint.” The signal was red, Green said, and was a fairly minor upgrade for the crossing. The department’s contract with the contractor was also terminated.

The other improvement to the intersection is a new traffic signal/crosswalk. The device is located at a traffic signal, installed in the middle of the street.

A number of Broad Ripple residents have reached out to WISH-TV about the signal, which is visible from the sidewalk.

The Division of Traffic and Transportation of the Transportation Department said the light was installed in 2017. Green said the department intends to remove the scaffolding in the coming months, once street work can be completed.

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