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Pedestrian beacons to be installed in Tucson's most dangerous crosswalks

Posted: 11:51 AM, Jan 29, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-29 22:00:21-05
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TUCSON, Ariz. — A federal grant will pay for six new crossing signals in Tucson.

The High-intensity Activated Crosswalk -- or HAWK -- consists of a red-yellow-red signal format for drivers. The signals remain off until a pedestrian activates the system by pressing a button. Drivers must stop when the signal is solid red and pedestrians can cross.

Since the first HAWK light was installed in 2000, studies show they are 90 percent effective in alerting cars to stop when a pedestrian is crossing, according to Michael Graham, a spokesperson for the Tucson Department of Transportation.

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The City recently received a $1.6 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration. There are currently more than 100 HAWK lights around Tucson.

The HAWK lights will be installed near these intersections:

  • 22nd Street and Longfellow Avenue
  • Alvernon Way and Bellevue Street
  • Campbell Avenue and Wyoming Street
  • Pima Street and Mountain View Avenue
  • Prince Road and Crescent Manor Drive
  • Sixth Avenue and Ohio Street

Each HAWK light costs between $268,000 and $300,000, according to Graham. TDOT will use some local funds to get environmental clearance and design work started on the new lights.

TDOT said installation will begin in the spring or summer of 2021.