-The following press release was submitted by the Utah Department of Transportaion.
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) will begin a project to upgrade two pedestrian crossings on Heber Main Street the week of February 28. The new crossings will increase safety for both pedestrians and motorists.
100 NORTH - OVERHEAD FLASHING BEACON The first upgrade is at 100 North, where an overhead flashing beacon (Figure 1) will be installed on the south leg of the intersection over the existing crosswalk. This beacon flashes yellow when activated by pedestrians and alerts drivers that the crosswalk is in use.
250 SOUTH - HAWK SIGNAL The second upgrade will be the installation of a high-intensity activated crosswalk (HAWK) signal (Figure 2) at 250 South, across from the Main Street park. This signal will be mounted on an overhead mast arm, similar to a traffic signal. When a pedestrian pushes the button to cross the street, flashing yellow lights are activated, followed by solid yellow lights and then solid red lights to warn drivers to stop. Pedestrians are then given the walk symbol, followed by a countdown showing how many seconds remain in the walk phase.
During the countdown, the lights over the road change from solid red to flashing red. After coming to a complete stop, drivers may proceed once the pedestrian has cleared the crosswalk, even if the lights are still flashing red. When the countdown ends, or if the crosswalk is not activated by a pedestrian, the lights remain off, and traffic is not required to stop. The graphic on the back of this flier illustrates the HAWK crossing process.
CONSTRUCTION DETAILS The upgrades are anticipated to take approximately 6 weeks to install. During that time traffic may be reduced to one lane in each direction on Heber Main Street at 100 North and 250 South to accommodate this work. Lane restrictions will not take place during weekday commute times. Visit UDOT Traffic (udottraffic.utah.gov) or use the UDOT Traffic App to see a list of restrictions for this project or any other UDOT project.
QUESTIONS? If you have any questions regarding the work or how to use a HAWK signal, please contact our public involvement team at the phone number or email address below.
Hotline – 801-859-3770 Email [email protected]