Signal to be replaced with a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon
Idaho Falls, ID – The traffic signal at Yellowstone Avenue & “B” Street will be removed the morning of Wednesday, December 14, after the morning rush hour. The signal will be replaced with a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon, also known as a HAWK signal, which is anticipated to be functioning by Friday, December 16.
To accommodate the work, traffic lane restrictions will be in place throughout the day on both Wednesday and Thursday.
During removal and replacement activities, pedestrians should use caution crossing Yellowstone Avenue and are encouraged to use the traffic signals located at Yellowstone Avenue & Broadway and Yellowstone Avenue & Constitution Way.
The City of Idaho Falls and the Idaho Transportation Department began removing traffic signals throughout Idaho Falls in September 2016 following an extensive traffic signal removal study and public comment period. The signal at Yellowstone Avenue & “B” Street was not removed at that time pending arrival of the HAWK beacon equipment.
The HAWK beacon is a new type of pedestrian crossing beacon that has proven in several states to increase safety for pedestrians by grabbing the attention of motorists. Similar HAWK beacons were installed in August of 2015 on Pancheri Drive by Skyline High School and Eagle Rock Junior High School.
While the HAWK beacon looks fairly similar to a traditional signalized pedestrian crossing, it functions a bit differently. When not in use, it will remain dark. The beacon goes through a sequence of five movements after a pedestrian pushes the button:
- The HAWK beacon begins flashing yellow to indicate to drivers someone will be using the crosswalk.
- It then goes to solid yellow like a typical traffic signal, advising drivers to stop if safe to do so.
- The beacon then turns solid red, requiring drivers to stop at the stop line.
- Finally, the beacon goes to the flashing red, letting drivers know that after coming to a complete stop, they can proceed with caution if the way is clear—the same movement they would make at any other flashing-red signal or beacon.
- The beacon then returns to a dark state.
Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry Hammon.
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