Key West Installs Permanent Rainbow Crosswalks

A man walks a dog as Paul Cassidy (right), a Key West Public Works foreman, uses a propane torch to embed thermoplastic strips representing a rainbow flag into asphalt Monday, June 15 in Key West, Fla. Image via Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP.

The city of Key West decided to install permanent rainbow crosswalks at the intersection of Duval and Petronia streets on Monday to represent equality amongst everyone.

Teri Johnston, the Mayor of Key West, told Local 10 it is a signal that “everybody is welcome, everybody is equal, everybody is recognized.” She also added, “Everybody is a part of Key West.”

The crosswalks are composed of preformed thermoplastic color stripes of the LGBT flag, according to the city. They were heat-treated with propane torches by the city workers to attach the colors permanently on the pavement.

The crosswalks’ installation was the final step in a project to repave most of Key West’s historic Duval Street.

Rainbow crosswalks were originally installed in 2015, quickly becoming a city landmark and popular photo stop. Their replacement, necessitated by the repaving project, also allowed for a redesign that makes the rainbow colors stand out more vividly against the asphalt.