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New Traffic Signal Helps People Cross River Rd. Safely

Monday September 23, 2013

HAWK signal is first to be used in Kentucky

Mayor Greg Fischer today pushed a button turning on a new traffic signal designed to allow pedestrians to safely cross a busy stretch of River Rd. near the hugely popular Big Four bridge and Tumbleweed restaurant.

The new pedestrian HAWK (High-Intensity Activated crossWalK) is the first of its kind to be used in Kentucky. It was installed at a new mid-block crosswalk just east of the Big Four bridge by Louisville Metro Public Works and Assets.

The HAWK signal is designed with a signal-beacon to help pedestrians safely cross busy streets. Pedestrians wanting to cross River Rd. simply push a button at the curb to activate the signal.

When activated, the signal first displays a flashing yellow light, indicating that motorists should proceed with caution. Next, it displays a solid yellow light for four seconds, prompting drivers to slow down and prepare to stop. Then a solid red signal warns drivers to stop and pedestrians will get a WALK signal at this point. Next, the motorists’ signal flashes red in an alternating pattern to indicate to drivers that they may proceed, after stopping, if the crosswalk is clear and it is safe to do so.

When not in use, the HAWK signal is dark, and motorists proceed normally.