Springfield's transportation system incorporates a variety of crosswalk signals to help pedestrians cross traffic safely. Signal types are chosen based on the classification of the roadway and other characteristics of roadway use.
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HAWK Signals are a type of Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon that allow pedestrians to cross busy roadways safely. These are especially suited for roads with three lanes or more and can help reduce the multiple lane threat as each travel lane has a signal head that turns yellow and red upon activation.
Operating much like a standard traffic signal, the driver is alerted by a YELLOW light when a pedestrian activates the system, followed by a STEADY RED light when the pedestrian gets the walk phase. When the lights start FLASHING RED, drivers may proceed as long as ALL pedestrians have cleared the crosswalk. The signal remains "dark" and only impacts traffic flow upon activation.
HAWK signals are installed as mid-block crossings. When used between tightly spaced traffic signals, they can be timed with a coordinated signal system.
RRFB signals are pedestrian activated flashing devices that can be easily seen by drivers from longer distances. This increased visibility provides more time for drivers to slow down and yield to a pedestrian in the crosswalk.
Walkers must press the button to activate the RRFB lights and signal to drivers their intent to cross. Pedestrians should wait until traffic stops and make eye contact with drivers before stepping into the crosswalk. Drivers should always be on the lookout for pedestrians when approaching mid-block crosswalks or intersections and remember to stop for walkers trying to cross even if RRFB lights are not flashing!