The City has a High Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) signal installed at the crossing of the multi-use trail on Menomonie Street to assist pedestrians crossing the roadway. While its appearance is a bit different to drivers because of its two red lenses placed above a yellow lens it works the same for pedestrians as at a signalized intersection.
Contact Leah Ness, PE, PTOE, Deputy City Engineer at 715-839-4934 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with comments or questions regarding the HAWK signal or any traffic control device.
How does the HAWK signal work?
- A pedestrian activates the system by pressing a push button, which alerts motoring traffic with overhead flashing lights indicating the signal has been activated.
- The light turns a solid yellow, which indicates the signal will be turning red and traffic must stop.
- The signal remains solid red while the pedestrian is given the "walk" signal. All traffic must remain stopped during this time.
- A pedestrian countdown begins, and a flashing red light appears.
- The motorist may proceed with caution through the crossing if the intersection is clear.
- The motorist must come to a complete stop prior to proceeding through the crossing if approaching when the lights are flashing red.
- When the pedestrian countdown time expires the beacon will go dark and traffic will continue as usual.
How Does a Hawk Signal Operate? (pdf)
Supporting Data & Video Example of HAWK System
- Federal Highway Administration supporting data of HAWK systems (from July 2010 report):
- Video example of an operating HAWK system: