HAWK Signals Are For Pedestrian Safety


Farmington Road near TVF&R’s fire station

There is a new type of traffic signal on Farmington Road near TVF&R’s fire station. It is a “HAWK” or High-intensity Activated crossWalK signal. This button-activated signal has been safely and successfully used in other US cities. The HAWK signal is used at midblock crosswalks on high traffic volume streets. HAWK signals have been found to substantially increase motorist awareness and produce a high motorist stopping rate.
Flyer: HAWK Signal on Farmington

How It Works

What Drivers See   What Pedestrians See  
Dark Traffic Signal 1 Don't Walk signal The HAWK remains DARK for traffic until a pedestrian activates the push-button. While the HAWK is DARK, traffic can continue past the beacon without stopping.
Flashing Yellow Traffic Signal 2 Don't Walk signal When a pedestrian presses the button, approaching drivers see a FLASHING YELLOW light for a few seconds, indicating that the beacon has been activated.
Solid Yellow light 3 Don't Walk signal The flashing yellow is followed by a SOLID YELLOW light, indicating that motorists should reduce speed and be prepared to stop.
Solid Red lights 4 Walk signal The solid yellow is followed by double SOLID RED lights, requiring drives to stop.
Flashing Red lights 5 Flashing Don't Walk signal The double solid red lights are followed by alternating FLASHING RED lights. During this indication, drivers are required to come to a full STOP, but may proceed when pedestrians have cleared the crosswalk and it is safe to proceed.

The HAWK signal looks different to motorists, but for the pedestrian it looks and works the same as any button-activated signal—just press the button and wait for the WALK signal. Be sure vehicles have stopped before you enter the crosswalk. If you have any questions about the HAWK signal or any other traffic control device, please contact Jabra Khasho, City Transportation Engineer, at 503-526-2221.