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New signal could be better for pedestrians

New signal could be better for pedestrians



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People who try to cross Salt Lake's 1300 East on foot might find it a bit easier by next year, thanks to some new technology along the roadway.

It's called a HAWK, an acronym for high-intensity activated crosswalk, is a side-by-side traffic signal system installed at crosswalks.

The side-by-side red lights will require drivers to stop, but then they'll flash, allowing a driver to go if the pedestrian has made it across.

Salt Lake Transportation Director Tim Harpst said, "To see these things, it'll be a very quick learning experience. They're very intuitive."

Harpst says drivers may see the signals along 1300 East by next summer. The street was chosen because the busy road's route basically runs through residential neighborhoods.

The cities of Portland, Ore., and Tucson, Ariz., are also experimenting with the devices. Salt Lake City officials hope federal transportation officials adopt the systems within a year.

E-mail: mgiauque@ksl.com

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Marc Giauque

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