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New pedestrian crossing installed in Pueblo

Posted at 10:11 AM, Dec 18, 2018
HAWK pedestrian crossing
HAWK crossing in Tucson, Ariz. (Photo courtesy of the Federal Highway Administration)

PUEBLO – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has installed a modified “high intensity activated crosswalk” (HAWK) beacon at Lincoln and Belmont.

The new signal is designed to make it safer for pedestrians to cross the street at the location, but it’s a change to drivers who are not used to the new signal. It’s the first signal of its kind in the Steel City.

The signal is activated when a pedestrian presses a button to walk across the street. A sequence of red and yellow lights will flash, which means drivers should stop until the lights stop flashing. When the lights shut off, that means drivers should continue on their way.

CDOT cites a 2010 study from the Federal Highway Administration that says the new crossings can reduce pedestrian crashes by 69 percent.

The installation of the light was made possible by a CDOT partnership with the City of Pueblo. The light replaces the pedestrian signal between Acero and Belmont. CDOT and the city also hope the new signal will provide more direct access to Heritage Elementary.