2014-07-30 / Front Page

HAWK signal on Main Street approved

by ANNA WALTERS Reporter


The HAWK signal setup, which was approved by the state Department of Transportation, will be placed on Main Street in the Village of Williamsville. “There’s one on the side on a pole, and then there’s an extension pole that goes over the top. And it’s dark, and when the pedestrian approaches it, they press the button, it starts to flash yellow, then it goes to an alternating red, and then red,” Trustee Dan DeLano said during a press conference. The HAWK signal setup, which was approved by the state Department of Transportation, will be placed on Main Street in the Village of Williamsville. “There’s one on the side on a pole, and then there’s an extension pole that goes over the top. And it’s dark, and when the pedestrian approaches it, they press the button, it starts to flash yellow, then it goes to an alternating red, and then red,” Trustee Dan DeLano said during a press conference. Village of Williamsville officials have confirmed the state Department of Transportation’s approval of a mid-block High-Intensity Activated crossWalK signal.

The HAWK beacon, which is typically activated by a push-button, is used to stop road traffic and allows pedestrians to safely cross the street.

The signal will first flash yellow, then steady yellow and then display steady red for several seconds.

An upraised hand, or “don’t walk” signal, will be featured on the pedestrian signal heads at the end of the crosswalk signal until the HAWK beacon displays the steady red. In this moment, the pedestrian heads display the walking-person, or “walk” signal, indication.

“It’s innovative; it will be the first one implemented in New York State,” Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa said at a press conference. “We think this puts the village on the right track for crossing safely and crossing pedestrians mid-block in front of Village Hall and the library here.”

According to a prepared statement, the pedestrian controlled signal is planned to be mounted in front of the Williamsville Branch Library.

“They [the Village Board] have the foresight, the initiative and vision to really go out and demand that we have a HAWK signal on one of the busiest thoroughfares in the entire state,” Sen. Michael H. Ranzenhofer said. “I’m very happy that we’re standing here together working hand in hand, working collectively to finally achieve this result, which is going to make Main Street even more walkable, more pedestrian friendly and certainly much, much safer for the people that want to get back and forth across Main Street.”

According to village officials, the signal aims to create a safer and more walkable corridor for both pedestrians and motorists on Main Street.

“I will say that I feel a lot more safe today and a little less nervous for the pedestrians on Main Street and the residents in the Village of Williamsville,” Trustee Dan DeLano said. “I just want to thank the New York State Department of Transportation for realizing that this is an integral part of our Picture Main Street initiative.” email: awalters@beenews.com

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