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HAWK Traffic Signal Now Live in Ocean City

The High Intensity Activated crosswalK (HAWK) signal went live at 9th Street and Haven Avenue at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. It will remain in Flash Mode for 1 week.

A new traffic signal that is part of the bicycle friendly pathway went live Wednesday morning, 9 a.m., Ocean City Police said.

The High Intensity Activated crosswalK (HAWK) signal went live at 9th Street and Haven Avenue.

It will remain in Flash Mode for one week so that the public may be educated about its operation. This goes along with the city's original plan of allowing drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists the opportunity to be aware that the signal is available and ready for use.

On Wednesday, June 25, the signal is scheduled to become fully operational.

It was installed by Diehl Electric out of Hammonton. The contract was for $238,857, according to Ocean City Chief Financial Officer Frank Donato. Part of the cost was covered by a $100,000 grant the city received to install that signal last year.

The signal helps provide a gap in traffic to make crossing the street safer for pedestrians. Pedestrians will be able to push a button when they reach a busy intersection and cross when the appropriate signal shows up.

Drivers will see a black signal until  pedestrian pushes the button and a flashing yellow light appears. The light then becomes a solid red light, signaling the driver to stop.  When pedestrians have finished crossing, the light becomes a toggling red light before going dark once again.

The signal was first developed in Arizona and installed in 2000. It is used in parts of Arizona, Georgia and Tennessee, among other locations.

The city will monitor the signal and its impact before considering any other locations, Donato said. He added that the police department's recommendation would be 34th Street and Haven Avenue, which would tie the bike path together.

The city was named a bicycle friendly community in 2012, according to the Ocean City Gazette.

lovesmancos June 20, 2014 at 05:00 AM
Better keep an EMT truck nearby for a month as well.
vic June 20, 2014 at 07:59 AM
I was caught in that traffic jam on 9th st on wed when I was trying to leave ocean city and they turned on the signal. the cars were back up to the boardwalk. seemed like that signal was on forever.
Mary Schaeffer June 20, 2014 at 09:30 AM
I'm looking forward to the 34th & Haven one, that can be a problem getting across. The pedestrian crossing signs are on the sidewalk by the bank and not even in the street. I'm not sure who put it there!😂
Bob June 20, 2014 at 06:43 PM
In regards to 34th and Haven, walk the 100ft to the lighted intersection.
james flynn June 20, 2014 at 10:11 AM
I rode my bike through the new intersection twice yesterday. It seems stupid that it is nt turned on.


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