Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 65, Hwy 23 Resurfacing

Mora in Kanabec County

Orange barrels on a highway

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

I-494 Ramp Closures
Speakers and raised arrows on APS signals provide information about the intersection to pedestrians with hearing and visual impairment.
All MnDOT projects - both new construction and rehabilitation projects - must include evaluation to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Components can include, but are not limited to adding curb cuts, truncated domes and accessible pedestrian signals. Read about MnDOT's transition plan to comply with the ADA.

Specifics for this project

  • Install ramps and sidewalks to be ADA compliant
  • Upgrade signal components at the intersection of Hwy 23/Hwy 65/Forest Ave in Mora

What are accessible pedestrian signals

Provide directions in alternative formats such as:

  • Verbal Messages
  • Audible Tones
  • Vibrating surfaces

They also provide pedestrians with information about:

  • Existence and location of the pushbutton
  • Beginning of the "WALK" interval
  • Direction of the crosswalk

Audible signals

Audible signals can be heard six to twelve feet from the pushbutton. Volumes become louder or softer in response to level of traffic noise. Audible signals provide information using:

  • Repeating tone indicating location of pushbutton
  • Tone, click or spoken "WAIT" indicating button was pushed
  • Tone or spoken “WALK” message providing name of street to be crossed
  • Spoken countdown of remaining crossing time

Tactile signals

Tactile signals are located at the pushbutton. Tactile signals provide information using:

  • Raised arrow pointing in direction of travel and vibrating during the “WALK” signal
  • Braille symbols providing name of street


  • Improve ability of pedestrians with hearing and visual impairments to cross the street safely
  • Allow pedestrians to more accurately judge beginning of “WALK” interval
  • Reduce crossings begun during “DON’T WALK” phase