The Wyoming Department of Transportation advises travelers in Laramie to watch for a new type of traffic control device recently installed at both the Third & Shields Street intersection on the north end of town and and at the Nineteenth Street intersection on the newly reconstructed portion of Grand Avenue.The signals are called HAWK beacons and, while slightly different in appearance, they function much like conventional signals except that they are used only for pedestrian crossings.Here is how it works:The signals REMAIN DARK for traffic unless a pedestrian activates the push-button.When the pedestrian presses the button, approaching drivers will see a FLASHING YELLOW for a few seconds, indicating that they should reduce speed and be prepared to stop for a pedestrian in the crosswalk ahead.
The FLASHING YELLOW is followed by a SOLID YELLOW and then by a SOLID RED, requiring drivers to STOP at the stop line.
At this time, the pedestrian receives a WALK indication on the associated countdown timer. The pedestrian should look to be certain the crosswalk is clear of traffic, then proceed.
At the end of the WALK indication, the pedestrian is displayed a FLASHING DON’T WALK indication and motorist sees an ALTERNATING FLASHING RED.
During this period motorists are required to STOP and then proceed once pedestrians have cleared the crosswalk.
When the signals are DARK, motorists are free to proceed through the intersection.
This type of signal has been used safely and successfully in other states as well as Pinedale and Lovell here in Wyoming.