July 31, 2013
New Pedestrian HAWK Signal at Florida Avenue and 11th Street NE Now Fully Operational
This pedestrian HAWK signal is the sixth one to be installed in the District by DDOT to help pedestrians safely cross high traffic volume streets
(Washington, D.C.) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced the new pedestrian HAWK (High-Intensity Activated crossWalK) signal at the Florida Avenue and 11th Street NE intersection is now fully operational. This pedestrian HAWK signal is the sixth one to be installed in the District by DDOT to help pedestrians safely cross high traffic volume streets.
How Does A HAWK Signal Work
The HAWK signal is designed with a signal-beacon to help pedestrians safely cross busy streets.
While it appears differently to motorists, to the pedestrian the signal works similarly to other push-button-activated traffic signals in the District by stopping traffic with a red signal for vehicular traffic and allowing pedestrians to cross with a WALK signal.
For motorists, the HAWK signal displays standard signal indications but in a new sequence. When not in use, the HAWK signal is dark, and motorists should proceed normally. When activated, it will display a flashing yellow light, indicating to drivers to proceed with caution. Next it will display a solid yellow light for four seconds, indicating to drivers that they should slow down and prepare to stop. Next it will display a solid red, indicating to drivers to stop. Pedestrians will get a WALK signal at this point. Next, the motorists’ signal will flash 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.
For more information about the HAWK pedestrian signals, please visit: the Traffic Management information or watch this video. To download the HAWK pedestrian signal guide, please follow this link.