HAWK signals help pedestrians cross streets in Cedar Rapids
Written by Michelle Corless, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -
Traffic engineers in Cedar Rapids are working to make some intersections safer for pedestrians.
They've installed new High-intensity Activated crossWalK, or HAWK, signals at two intersections in the city they feel don't need a traffic light.
On HAWK signals lights flash yellow to warn drivers a pedestrian will soon be crossing. Then there's a solid yellow light followed by a solid red, like at a traffic signal.
"Then you must stop and stay stopped," said Jon Resler, Associate Traffic Engineer. "After the pedestrian signal goes through their timing, then it goes to a flashing red which means you still have to stop, but if it's clear, you can then proceed."
Engineers are also considering adding a hawk signal near the convention center. There's currently yellow flashing lights that drivers often ignore.
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