High Intensity Activated Crosswalk
The city of Scottsdale Transportation Department has installed an innovative pedestrian traffic control device at a few intersections to help make crossing safer and easier. The device -- called a HAWK or High-intensity Activated crossWalK -- provides a protected pedestrian crossing and is as simple to use as a pushing a button.
How the HAWK works:
The HAWK is normally in an “off” position until it is activated by someone wanting to cross a busy street.
When pedestrians wish to cross the street, they push a button, and the signal begins with a flashing yellow light that warns drivers approaching the crosswalk to slow down.
The flashing yellow light is followed by a solid yellow light, telling drivers to prepare to stop.
The signal then changes to a solid red for the drivers to stop at the stop bar, and the pedestrian gets a walk signal.
The solid red signal converts to a flashing red after a few seconds, allowing drivers to proceed when safe to do so.
Download the HAWK visual sheet
These crossings are currently in use at:
- Scottsdale Road between Butherus Drive and Greenway-Hayden Loop
- Pima Road and Dixileta Drive
- Pima and Jomax roads
- Chaparral Road just east of 78th Street
Watch the dedication of a HAWK crossing in this short video.