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Sonoma Boulevard HAWK/Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons

Sonoma Boulevard HAWK/Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has installed new Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons also known as the High Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) System on State Route 29/Sonoma Boulevard (SR-29) in Vallejo. 

How do they work?
Unlike traditional traffic signal lights, pedestrians can activate the new beacons by pressing a button before entering a crosswalk. After activation, the beacons flash yellow, turn solid yellow, then turn solid red to alert motorists to stop at the crosswalk. Unlike traffic signal lights, after allowing enough time for pedestrians to cross, the HAWK beacons turn completely off instead of turning green. This allows traffic to flow along the street when no pedestrians are present. 
Read the full press release here.