You ask what is a HAWK beacon. It’s only a high intensity activated crosswalk. They are an attractive and cost-effective option to meet pedestrian safety needs at mid-block crossings or where the traffic volume at the site is too low to warrant a full signal.
FRIDAY, May 10th the HAWK beacon will be activated on Aspen Hill Road between Georgia and Connecticut Avenues. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) installed the pedestrian beacon in response to community concerns about the safety of pedestrians crossing Aspen Hill Road between two busy shopping centers to the north and south, each with heavy turning vehicular traffic.
In evaluating sites for a HAWK beacon installation, MCDOT considers the volume of pedestrian traffic, the type of roadway, traffic speeds and sightlines. The new beacon aligns with the County’s Vision Zero initiative to improve pedestrian safety. Montgomery County typically installs HAWK beacons where traffic speeds are 35 mph and lower. This is the fourth pedestrian beacon of its kind constructed by MCDOT in the County.
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