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HAWK Signal, 19th & Dunn

Project Description: Indiana University received a grant to complete pedestrian and transit improvements at the intersection of 19th Street and Dunn Street and in the adjacent stadium parking lot. The project will install sidewalks, curb ramps, parking lot improvements, a bus shelter, and a new kind of signal called a HAWK signal.

Project Status: Complete

Project purpose and need:

The City of Bloomington places a high priority on pedestrian safety. Many crossings do not meet engineering standards for installation of a conventional traffic signal.

Indiana state law requires motorists to yield and give the right of way to pedestrians legally within crosswalks. Few drivers are willing to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. The HAWK signal has been found to significantly increase motorist awareness and produce compliance rates as high as 97%.

The City of Bloomington believes the HAWK signal is a good solution to improve pedestrian safety at locations where a conventional signal is not a good fit.

HAWK Description:

The HAWK signal has been safely and successfully tested in Tucson, AZ and several other cities in the US since 2004.

Pedestrian Usage

Using a HAWK signal as a pedestrian is easy. Simply push the button and wait for the WALK signal to appear. It may take up to one minute for the signal to change, depending on the time of day. Be sure traffic has stopped before you enter the crosswalk.

The FLASHING DON'T WALK signal will appear as you finish your crossing. Countdown numbers will show how much time remains to cross the street.

Motorist Usage

  1. DARK: The HAWK remains DARK for traffic unless a pedestrian activates the push-button. Drivers may proceed in accordance with IC 9-21-3-7(3)(C), a new law that addresses the HAWK Signal as a pedestrian hybrid beacon.
  2. FLASHING YELLOW: When a pedestrian presses the button, approaching drivers on Dunn Street will see a FLASHING YELLOW signal for a few seconds, indicating that the signal has been activated.
  3. SOLID YELLOW: The flashing yellow is followed by a SOLID YELLOW signal, indicating that motorists should reduce speed and prepare to stop.
  4. SOLID RED: The solid yellow is followed by double SOLID RED signals. Drivers shall stop.
  5. FLASHING RED: The double solid red signals are followed by double FLASHING RED signals. The signal will then go dark until activated again by a pedestrian. Drivers are required to come to a full stop and may proceed when pedestrians have cleared the crosswalk.

Side street (19th Street) usage

Unlike a standard traffic signal, intersections with HAWK signals do not have any traffic signals facing the side street approaches. Any side street that is controlled by a stop sign will continue to be controlled by a stop sign when a HAWK signal is in place.

HAWK Signal Looking Nortth

HAWK Signal Looking South