Spokane’s first-ever “HAWK lights” will
begin operating over the next week. The newly installed signal at Ruby Street
and Boone Avenue will be activated tomorrow Tuesday, June 2. The light at 18th
Avenue and Grand Boulevard is tentatively scheduled to be turned on Wednesday,
June 3.
began earlier this year on the new High Intensity
Activated Crosswalks (HAWK lights). The
signals are part of a pilot program. The pedestrian traffic between the university and surrounding
residential neighborhoods and the numerous retail businesses in the area make
Ruby and Boone a good location to test their effectiveness. New residential and
retail construction in the area will add to the foot and bicycle traffic that
already uses the retail corridor.
A HAWK signal will
flash yellow when a pedestrian pushes the signal button, change to solid yellow
and then to solid red, which requires all drivers to stop. Drivers can proceed
when the red light starts flashing as long as pedestrians have cleared the
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