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updated: 5/31/2013 4:01 PM

Chicago tries all-way downtown intersection

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Chicago city officials have begun experimenting with a new way to cross a busy downtown intersection.

As of today, pedestrians can traverse a popular State Street intersection any way they want -- even diagonally. The all-way crossing is called a "pedestrian scramble."

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While people cross the street, traffic in every direction will be stopped for about 35 seconds. And cars won't be allowed to turn.

The city's transportation commissioner told the Chicago Sun-Times that leaders hope the project will make it safer for foot-bound travelers.

Nearly 42,000 pedestrians and more than 20,000 vehicles traverse the busy intersection at State Street and Jackson Boulevard each day.

The experiment's expected to last about six months.

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