HAWK Crossings

                                                          HAWK CROSSINGS

Citizens of El Mirage may have noticed a different type of traffic signal at various locations around the City, as HAWK (High intensity Activated crossWalK) crossings have been installed at four locations.  These crossings are designed to allow pedestrians to maneuver across more heavily traveled roadways but only stopping traffic as needed, providing both safety and efficiency for those traveling through the City by foot or vehicle. 


The signals associated with a HAWK crossing, also known as a pedestrian hybrid beacon, are a little different that the typical traffic signal.  The signal head has two red faces on top and one yellow face at the bottom.  Here is how the HAWKs work:

1.      The signal will be dark when there is no pedestrian traffic.
2.      Once an individual presses the push button to cross, the signal will flash yellow to
         warn drivers approaching the crosswalk to slow down.
3.      The signal will then become solid yellow to warn drivers to prepare to stop. 
4.      The signal will then change to two solid reds to stop all vehicular traffic and let the
         pedestrians cross. 
5.      After a predetermined length of time, the red faces will flash letting the drivers know 
         that they may proceed through the crossing if it is clear.
6.      If there are no further pedestrian movements, the signal will turn dark allowing traffic 
         to continue as usual.

A visual representative and video is shown below.

How does a HAWK Signal operate



The HAWK crossings are currently in service at the following locations:

  • Cactus Road and 127th Avenue
  • El Mirage Road and Soledad Street
  • Thunderbird Road and Primrose Street
  • Thunderbird Road and Luna Street


If you have any questions about the HAWK crossings, please contact the Engineering Department at 623-972-8116.