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A new type of traffic control device called a HAWK, or High-intensity
Activated crossWalK, became operational this week to help make crossing Pima Road at Jomax Road easier for pedestrians, equestrians, cyclists and other trail users.
The HAWK will provide a protected crossing to address neighborhood concerns about pedestrian/equestrian/trail user activity, and is as simple to use as pushing a button.
When a pedestrian/equestrian/trail user wishes to cross the street, they push a button and the signal begins with a flashing yellow light that warns drivers approaching the crosswalk to slow down. The flashing yellow light is followed by a solid yellow light, telling drivers to prepare to stop. The signal then changes to a solid red for the drivers to stop at the crosswalk, and the pedestrian/equestrian/trail user gets a walk signal. The solid red signal converts to a flashing red after a few seconds, allowing drivers to proceed when safe to do so.
HAWKs are normally in an “off” position, until they are activated by a
pedestrian/equestrian/trail user. You can download additional information on how to use a HAWK on-line at www.scottsdaleaz.gov/traffic/hawk
Chaparral Road just east of 78th Street became Scottsdale’s first road
section to be served by a HAWK signal last October. The City will be constructing and installing another HAWK crossing signal at
the intersection of Pima Road and Dixileta Drive in the near future.
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