HAWK Signal Crosswalks
Three new crosswalks are controlled by High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) beacon systems. A new mid-block crosswalk was installed on Route 137 between Main St. and Broad St. to provide pedestrian access between the expanding Mill River Park on the west side and parking garages on the east side. An existing crosswalk and median located just south of Bell Street was reconfigured for improved pedestrian visibility. The third system was installed on Hope Street near Springdale School. This new HAWK signal system allows pedestrians to cross on demand by pushing a button that triggers the overhead lights to flash yellow, then solid yellow and then solid red requiring motorists to stop during the pedestrian signal phase, and finally flashing red requiring motorists to stop first and then proceed after pedestrians have finished crossing.
Safety Tips for Drivers
- Drive the posted speed limit.
- Watch for school frontage and school crossing zones.
- Don’t drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Don’t text or talk on a cell phone while driving.
- Be especially careful around schools, playgrounds, community centers and pools, and at intersections.
- Anywhere two streets intersect, a crossway exists. There does not have to be a marked crosswalk.
- Always yield to pedestrians who are crossing streets. They have the right of way when crossing.