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HAWK crosswalk signal now active at U.S. 41 and First Street

Post Date:06/28/2018 1:08 PM

Contact:  Jason Bartolone, Communications Specialist   941-928-3988;


Sarasota, FL: A new pedestrian-activated crosswalk signal on U.S. 41 is now active, providing improved safety and walkability for downtown residents and visitors.

The High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) signal at U.S. 41 and First Street provides protected pedestrian crossings, stopping traffic on demand as needed. Once activated, a solid red indication is provided to motorists directing them to stop. The solid red indication advances to a flashing red that allows motorists to proceed with caution.

The City of Sarasota collaborated with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), which completed the installation and activated the signal Thursday. 

“We are excited to see this new intersection improvement come to fruition, not only for the increased pedestrian safety that it will provide, but because it helps further our goal of making Sarasota a more walkable and vibrant community,” City Manager Tom Barwin said.

For more information on HAWK signals, watch a short video on the FDOT YouTube channel. To learn more about downtown Sarasota connectivity, contact Steve Cover, Planning Director, at 941-365-2200, ext. 4171.


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