The HAWK crosswalk is a unique design and has proven to be safer and more effective than conventional crosswalk designs. The acronym HAWK stands for H
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The city of Tuscon, Arizona currently is operating more than 60 HAWK systems and has found this new crossing system to be effective for the motorist, safer for the pedestrian and less costly to build than full blown traffic signal systems. The systems are also more energy efficient than traditional signal systems as the vehicle signal heads go black when the system is not in use.
The unique double red signal display above a single yellow display gets the motorist's attention by the unusual shape of the display cluster.
The city of St. Cloud and the Minnesota Department of Transportation will be installing the first HAWK system in the mid-west on Highway 23 at 12th Avenue adjacent to the new library and Tech High School.
The new technology will be in operation by late October of 2009.
Information provided by City of St. Cloud Traffic Systems Manager Blake Redfield