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

  1. The HAWK is normally in an “off” position until it is activated by someone wanting to cross a busy street.
  2. 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.
  3. The flashing yellow light is followed by a solid yellow light, telling drivers to prepare to stop.
  4. The signal then changes to a solid red for the drivers to stop at the stop bar, and the pedestrian gets a walk signal.
  5. 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

Currently in use at the following crossings:

  • Scottsdale Road between Butherus Drive and Greenway-Hayden Loop
  • Pima Road and Dixileta Drive
  • Pima Road and Jomax Road
  • Chaparral Road just east of 78th Street
  • Chaparral Road just west of Miller Road (Arizona Canal crossing)
  • McDonald Road just east of Cattletrack Road (Arizona Canal crossing)
  • Scottsdale Road and Palm Lane
  • Indian Bend Road and McCormick Stillman Rail Road Park
  • Hayden Road north of Princess Boulevard
  • Thomas Road and 86th Street
  • Camelback Road and Saddlebag Trail

Coming soon to the following crossings:

  • Highland Avenue between Scottsdale Road and Goldwater Boulevard
  • Goldwater Boulevard just west of Marshall Way

Contact Information

City of Scottsdale - Transportation 
7447 E. Indian School Rd., Suite 205 
Scottsdale, AZ 85251  
P: 480-312-7250
TDD: 480-312-5419
F:  480-312-4000

Traffic Engineering
P: 480-312-7250

Street Operations
P: 480-312-5620

Traffic Management Center 
P: 480-312-7777 (6 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays)
[email protected]