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Feds ask Ames officials to remove ‘inclusive’ crosswalks


Ames officials say the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration sent a letter to the city manager saying the city’s “inclusive” multicolored sidewalks do not meet code. According to Ames officials, the highway administration noted that its Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices prohibited the use of anything but white paint in crosswalks and noted its “official interpretation” that colored crosswalks and art in crosswalks are not allowed. The new inclusive crosswalks were installed at Fifth and Douglas earlier this month. Read more

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