The City of Chaska installed a new traffic control device to help make the crossing at CSAH 61 and Pine Street easier for pedestrians and it’s up and running. This new signal is called a High Intensity Activity CrossWalK (HAWK) beacon.
Active cities like Chaska face challenges providing service for pedestrians wanting to cross busy, wide streets in a safe and efficient manner. Some crossing locations do not meet good spacing requirements for a standard traffic signal, and the amount of pedestrian or side-street traffic is not high enough to justify a full traffic signal.
The HAWK consists of a RED-YELLOW-RED signal format for motorists. The two red signal indications are placed horizontal to one another, and there is one yellow signal beneath the red signals. The signals remain off for vehicle traffic until a pedestrian activates the system by pressing a button. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tyniC5DixE