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Work begins on new HAWK light at 22nd Street and Belvedere Avenue

Posted at 4:22 PM, Dec 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-02 20:49:47-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — City of Tucson crews started the installation process for a new HAWK light in Midtown on Monday.

There are more than 100 HAWK, or High Intensity Activated Crosswalks in Tucson. Overhead lights tell drivers to stop, and that a pedestrian or bicyclist is crossing.

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Data shows more than 90 percent of drivers stop at HAWKs, according to Mike Graham, spokesperson for the Department of Transportation.

"When you have just the painted crosswalks, a lot of times, pedestrians will stand there for quite a long time waiting for a motorist to stop to let them safely cross a roadway," Graham said.

Crews began work on Dec. 2 for a new HAWK to go up at 22nd Street and Belvedere Avenue.

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The City maintains a list of possible locations for HAWK crossings based on a number of different factors. Those include crash data, speed limits, bicycle deaths, and nearby parks or schools.

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In 2016, 22nd and Belvedere ranked at the top of the list of 144 candidate locations for a HAWK.

Each HAWK crossing costs between $250,000 and $300,000. They are funded by locally by the Regional Transportation Authority, and federally by the Highway Safety Improvement Program.