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Rainbow Crosswalk Pilot Program kicks off

July 31, 2019 – News

The City and Borough of Juneau is installing a rainbow crosswalk at the intersection of Front and Main streets in Downtown Juneau as part of the Rainbow Crosswalk Pilot Program. The first three colors were painted early this morning. For the pilot program, CBJ is working with a community group, which is funding the entire cost of the crosswalk.

“I kind of teared up this morning when I took pictures of the first colors. I’m feeling proud of the people who came together and persevered to actually see paint on the ground. I can’t wait to take my kids by it. I’m excited and proud that we can see this installation every day that celebrates the strength and diversity of our community,” Steve SueWing, coordinator of the Rainbow Crosswalk Working Group, said.

The working group was formed last summer. The estimated cost of installing the crosswalk is $3,000, SueWing says. The group is fundraising for $10,000 total for the initial installation as well as maintenance for the next three years. People can also donate directly to the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, the fiscal sponsor of the project. Following the pilot program, SueWing hopes other groups in the community will take over financial responsibility of maintaining the crosswalk.

The crosswalk will be comprised of rainbow stripes between two white lateral lines, allowing it to remain compliant with the federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. The paint for the rainbow colors is water-based so completion of the crosswalk is weather-dependent, but it’s anticipated to be finished by the end of the week.

For more information, contact Engineering & Public Works Director Mike Vigue at 586-0800 or Mike.Vigue@juneau.org.