Citizens of El Mirage will start to see a different type of traffic signal at various locations around the City. HAWK (High intensity Activated crossWalK) crossings are scheduled for installation at four locations this year. These crossings are designed to allow pedestrian crossings across more heavily traveled roadways but only stop traffic as needed, providing both safety and efficiency for those traveling through the City by foot or vehicle.
HOW TO USE THE CROSSING
The signals associated with a HAWK crossing, also known as a pedestrian hybrid beacon, are a little different that the typical traffic signal. The signal head has two red faces on top and one yellow face at the bottom. Here is how the HAWKs work:
1. The signal will be dark when there is no pedestrian traffic
2. Once an individual presses the push button to cross, the signal will flash yellow to warn drivers approaching the crosswalk to slow down
3. The signal will then become solid yellow to warn drivers to prepare to stop
4. The signal will then change to two solid reds to stop all vehicular traffic and let the pedestrians cross.
5. After a predetermined length of time, the red faces will flash letting the drivers know that they may proceed through the crossing if it is clear
6. If there are no further pedestrian movements, the signal will turn dark allowing traffic to continue as usual.
A visual representative and video is shown below.
The first crossing is anticipated to be completed in March at the Cactus Road and 127th Avenue intersection. Future crossings will be added to the following locations:
If you have any questions about the HAWK crossings, please contact the Engineering Department at 623-972-8116.