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Davidson to activate HAWK signals soon

Feb. 17. The Town of Davidson will activate four new HAWK signals at the Circles@30 soon.

In support of the town’s increased focus on pedestrian safety and the newly adopted Vision Zero initiative, these HAWK signals will help provide residents and visitors with safer crossing options at particularly busy intersections near the roundabouts and I-77. HAWK projects are supported by General Obligation bond dollars.

The signals nearest to Davidson Day School and Harris Teeter, as well another near the Harris Teeter Gas Station and Two Harbour Place, should be completed before the end of February, while the signals on Griffith Street and Davidson Gateway/Harbour Place Drive near the Davidson Clinic and Homewood Suites, and near the RushCo and One Harbor Place, should be completed in mid-March.

HAWK (High-Intensity Activated CrossWalK) signals provide safer crossing alternatives for people walking and biking than traditional crosswalks, especially in mid-block locations with heavy demand.

Because the devices are only activated when walkers or bikers are present, people driving only experience minimal delays. HAWK signals can also be installed at the intersection of an arterial road with smaller side streets, which would not otherwise warrant a traffic light signalized crossing.