ARIZONA NEWS

City of Phoenix activates 50th HAWK pedestrian signals, plans for 18 more

Jun 8, 2019, 6:34 PM | Updated: Jun 10, 2019, 9:50 am

(KTAR News Photo/Ali Vetnar)...

(KTAR News Photo/Ali Vetnar)

(KTAR News Photo/Ali Vetnar)

PHOENIX — City of Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego celebrated the activation of the city’s 50th HAWK (High-Intensity Activated crossWalK) pedestrian signals with community members and Street Transportation Department staff on Friday.

“These signals don’t just make parents, children, workers and other pedestrians safer while walking our streets, they make the road safer for drivers as well,” Gallego said at the ceremonial first crossing of the city’s 50th HAWK.

“Our drivers will know that there is a pedestrian here and can stop and make sure that individual can cross the street safely.”

HAWK signals are activated by pedestrians and feature flashing red-yellow-red beacons to enhance safety for those crossing the street at mid-block locations and busy intersections.

The difference between HAWKs and standard traffic signals is that the former does not have a green signal and will remain “dark” until activated by a pedestrian instead.

Phoenix’s newest edition is located at 20th Street and the Grand Canal, and plays a part in the Grand Canalscape Project, Oak Street Improvement Project and the 20th Street Improvement Project to provide mobility and safety within the city.

Seven HAWKs have already been installed this year, with an additional 18 scheduled to be installed before the end of the year.

“The City of Phoenix is committed to pedestrian safety,” Gallego said. “We are making improvements to make our city safer. This crosswalk is a great example.”

Because of the increasing number of HAWK installments, the City of Phoenix wants to educate drivers, cyclists and pedestrians on how the new pedestrian crossing signals work.

Array

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

adrian-fontes...

Nick Borgia

Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes discusses A.I. and misinformation

With elections quickly approaching, Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes offered his takes on a variety of different political issues.

2 hours ago

amtech-headquarters...

Nick Borgia

Amtech relocates global headquarters to Rio2100 in Tempe

Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. announced the relocation of the Amtech Systems Inc. global headquarters to a new area in Tempe on Wednesday.

5 hours ago

State-route-87-closed...

KTAR.com

3 dead in wrong-way crash on State Route 87 in Fountain Hills

Three people died in a wrong-way crash on State Route 87 in Fountain Hills, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

7 hours ago

Project Active Duty: AHS program helps service members, pets...

Serena O'Sullivan

Military member reunited with cat after 7-month deployment

An Arizona Humane Society program called Project Active Duty protects service members' animals while they're serving the country.

8 hours ago

A man was sentenced to seven years in prison for fentanyl-related crimes. (Pexels photo)...

Damon Allred

Drug trafficker sentenced to 7 years in prison for elaborate fentanyl distribution scheme

A 20-year-old man was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to fentanyl-related crimes.

9 hours ago

An abandoned Phoenix golf course will be revived this year by the new owner of the property. (Jim P...

Angela Gonzales/Phoenix Business Journal

Developer to breathe new life into abandoned Phoenix golf course, build 415 homes

An abandoned golf course at the southeast corner of 59th and Southern avenues in Phoenix's Laveen Village could get a new lease on life, after years of intense talks between the property's owner and community residents.

9 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

Desert Institute for Spine Care is the place for weekend warriors to fix their back pain

Spring has sprung and nothing is better than March in Arizona. The temperatures are perfect and with the beautiful weather, Arizona has become a hotbed for hikers, runners, golfers, pickleball players and all types of weekend warriors.

...

Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

...

DISC Desert Institute for Spine Care

Sciatica pain is treatable but surgery may be required

Sciatica pain is one of the most common ailments a person can face, and if not taken seriously, it could become one of the most harmful.

City of Phoenix activates 50th HAWK pedestrian signals, plans for 18 more