Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Aug. 20, 2013

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New pedestrian crossing signal operational in Moorhead


DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – A new pedestrian-activated traffic signal is now operating in Moorhead near the Concordia College campus at Eighth Street and 10th Avenue South.

The High-intensity Activated crossWalK, or HAWK, signal is designed to get motorists’ attention with the unique shape of the display cluster. Double red signals are mounted above a yellow signal.

The indicator lights for motorists remain dark when the pedestrian crossing is not in use.

When activated, the signal lights for motorists use the following sequence:
Flashing Yellow – HAWK system has been activated
Solid Yellow – Prepare to stop
Solid Dual Red - Stop
Flashing Dual Red – Stop and proceed if the crosswalk is clear

Pedestrians are required to activate the system using the push-button near the crosswalk and follow the directions on the pedestrian display. The pedestrian indicators are identical to traditional Walk/Don’t Walk displays.

Two HAWK signals are currently in operation in Fargo, N.D., near Centennial Elementary School and Carl Ben Eielson Middle School.

The HAWK signal improves safety for pedestrians and reduces delays for motorists with minimal energy consumption.



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