Signalized intersections in Winnipeg now have a new feature -- audible pedestrian signals.

These signals communicate the timing of traffic signals using sound rather than pictures, lights, or other visuals.

670 signalized intersections have been outfitted with these audible signals.

The city project was announced complete on Thursday, Sept. 24 by Matt Allard, chairperson of the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works and Ross Eadie, councillor for the Mynarski area.

"It's a huge achievement to improve accessibility for Winnipeggers at all of our intersections with trafic signals," says Allard.

"With the addition of audible pedestrian signals, everyone can now safely navigate these intersections with the help of auditory cues to provide guidance indicating when it’s safe to cross the street."

Eadie adds: "I am pleased that this project is finally completed as it will improve accessibility and safety for all of our citizens."

Eadie thanks all who have worked on the project over the years, which he says is for the benefit and safety of all Winnipeggers.

The installation of these sound intersections was expected to be completed by the end of next year, but the city says it prioritized the project.

The city first began installing audible pedestrian signals in the mid-1990s. A variety of funding sources have contributed to the project.

Most recently, the installation of the signals was added to the Traffic Signals Improvements Capital Program, which helped complete the project.