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HAWK means stop when flashing

Dec. 15. By Dave Vieser. The High Intensity Activated Crosswalk signal on Westmorland Road west of I-77 is now in a flashing test mode. This will continue for at least a week before the system is fully activated, probably before the New Year.

When it is activated, and a pedestrian pushes the walk button, the stop lights will be illuminated and drivers must stop.

Known as HAWK, the signal is designed to provide plenty of time for walkers and cyclists wishing to cross the road.

The bright lights will be clearly visible to motorists.

As they have been doing, the Cornelius Police will be carefully monitoring traffic at the site.