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traffic-signal-hybrid-hadley-sept-2018The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has announced that crews today are activating a new Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB), also referred to as a High-Intensity Activated Cross-Walk, or “HAWK” signal on Route 9 in Hadley in the area of the Court House at 116 Russell Street.

This innovative new Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon will help control vehicular traffic and assist pedestrians in crossing the street at the marked crosswalk. The signal will provide a way to increase pedestrian safety while reducing delays for vehicles and was installed in coordination with the Town of Hadley.

“We have worked closely with the local community to better help pedestrians cross this roadway and are pleased to be installing this new traffic control device that will increase safety and access for all roadway users,” said Interim MassDOT District 2 Highway Director Peter Cavicchi. “This signal will offer many new features and will help inform drivers when they must stop at this location and when pedestrians are able to safely cross the road.”

The installation of this new Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon follows traffic analysis by MassDOT and community input indicating a desire for signal upgrades at this location.

The Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon will operate only when activated by a pedestrian and function as follows:

  • When all the signals facing traffic are dark, vehicle operators can proceed with caution. At the same time, a pedestrian will see a steady “DON’T WALK” indication.
  • When the bottom yellow signal is flashing, a pedestrian has activated the signal and drivers should slow down. At this time, a pedestrian will continue to see a steady “DON’T WALK” indication.
  • When the lower yellow signal is solid, operators must prepare to stop. A pedestrian will continue to see a steady “DON’T WALK” indication.
  • When the upper two red signals are solid, operators must stop for pedestrians. At this time, the pedestrian receives a “WALK” indication and, if clear, may begin to cross the street.
  • When the top two red signals are flashing, operators must stop before the STOP line and proceed with caution if clear.  During this time a pedestrian already in the crosswalk continues crossing and will receive a flashing “DON’T WALK” indication and a count-down of time remaining to finish crossing the street.

 

  • No pedestrians should start crossing the street during the flashing “DON’T WALK” indication.

 

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