Peoria's High-Intensity Activated CrossWalK (HAWK) Beacon
The Desert Harbor Elementary HAWK
Peoria has installed a new traffic device at 91st Avenue and Tumblewood Drive to help school kids cross 91st Avenue safely to and from Desert Harbor Elementary School.
In other cities, the experimental High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) beacon has proved an effective means to increase safety at pedestrian crossings. When activated, the beacon’s red light stops vehicles to allow pedestrians across safely.
HAWKs at Other Locations
Since the HAWK is an experimental traffic control device, it was only considered at 91st Avenue and Tumblewood Drive because it was a designated elementary school crossing on an arterial street. The HAWK beacon will be a standard traffic control device once it is approved by FHWA, but its use will be limited to high demand pedestrian crossings on busy streets, particularly for schools. The City of Peoria will use criteria similar to those used in Tucson and Phoenix to determine if a HAWK beacon will be considered at other locations.
Transportation Planning Engineer
Download the HAWK brochure (Adobe PDF)