Accessibility for Interim Design
Protected intersections with interim materials often have flush, roadway-level pedestrian areas. These can be made accessible for pedestrians who are blind or have low vision by following either of the following design and regulation options:
• Interim Island: Place detectable warning surfaces on each side of the refuge area, as would be done at a raised pedestrian island. This allows pedestrians who are blind to use the intersection the same way other pedestrians do. The interim refuge area should include detectable elements when the pedestrian path changes direction at the refuge area, or if the refuge is so wide that pedestrians might diverge into the bikeway or street, or if other alignment concerns are present.
• Pedestrian Safety Zone: Mark the crosswalk all the way through the surface-level pedestrian area. This does not designate the pedestrian area as a refuge or stopping place. In some conditions, this arrangement may be simpler to navigate.