Applicable Countermeasures

Sketch of a raised intersection.

Illustration by A.J. Silva

Photo by ITE Pedestrian Bicycle Council
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Raised Intersection

A raised intersection is essentially a speed table for the entire intersection. This treatment may improve intersection safety by forcing vehicles approaching the intersection to slow down and could be part of a street-wide traffic calming effort. Construction involves providing ramps on each vehicle approach, which elevates the entire intersection to the level of the sidewalk. They can be built with a variety of materials, including asphalt, concrete, stamped concrete or pavers. The crosswalks on each approach are usually also elevated as part of the treatment to enable pedestrians to cross the road at the same level as the sidewalk, eliminating the need for curb ramps. Detectable pedestrian warnings should be used to mark the boundary between the sidewalk and the street. Gradual approaches should reduce the impact on bicyclists.


  • Reduce vehicle speeds; improve intersection safety.
  • Enhance the pedestrian environment at the crossings.

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  • Considerations are generally the same as for other raised devices.
  • Don't use if on a sharp curve or if the street is on a steep grade.
  • May not be appropriate if the street is a bus route or emergency route. One device may be necessary and serve the primary need. Several raised devices may be disruptive, so other measures should be considered.
  • Speed tables and raised crosswalks and intersections can be an urban design element through the use of special paving materials.
  • Detectable warning strips at edges enable pedestrians with vision impairments to detect the crossing.
  • Care must be taken to manage drainage.

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Estimated Cost

Raised crosswalks are approximately $2,000 to $15,000, depending on drainage conditions and material used. The cost of a raised intersection is highly dependent on the size of the roads. They can cost from $25,000 to $75,000.

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Case Studies

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