New 'Hawk' Traffic Signal Installed at Newtonville Intersection

Ater three students were struck at the intersection in late 2010 and early 2011, the city has installed a new kind of traffic signal.

It's unlike any other traffic light or crosswalk you will see in the city, or even the state.

The city recently installed a new traffic signal/beacon at the intersection of Crafts Street and Linwood Avenue, a measure that aims to improve pedestrian safety in an area where three students were struck in late 2010 and early 2011. 

Newton Police Capt./Acting Chief Howard Mintz, who commands the department's Traffic Bureau, told Newton Patch earlier this week the new signal is known as a "HAWK beacon" (High Intensity Activated Crosswalk).

When a pedestrian pushes the "walk" button, the beacon flashes a yellow light and then a red light, telling the cars to stop for the person in the crosswalk. Pedestrians also have a countdown clock that tells them how long they have to cross the street. 

Stop signs remains at the Linwood Avenue parts of the intersection. 

In November 2010, . Both were their way to F.A. Day Middle School, although only one female was actually in the crosswalk. 

Two months later, on the way to school. 

All three students only sustained minor injuries. 

The new signal came with a $75,000 price tag, according to the city's 2013-2017 Capital Improvement Plan. The state's Chapter 90 highway funding covered the cost of the signal, according to city CIP documents

According to those same CIP documents, HAWK signals are planned for at least four other intersections in the city, including one on Beacon Street near  and one at Parker Street and Theodore Road. 

nancy August 30, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I drive through this intersection all the time and can't help but wonder if all the signs, lights, arrows that are being constructed in response to the studients getting hit aren't actually creating MORE of a distraction for drivers. Their eyes need to be on the road.
Steven Lang August 31, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Parents and teachers shouild really let their children to always make eye contact, never run across an intersection after one car lets you cross, the second lane will not always see you or stop!!!
Neil Halin August 31, 2012 at 11:51 AM
So this now replaces the super advanced signal that was there for what, a year? Who paid for the first signal and why was that then removed for this "new and improved" signal? How many hours of crossing guard duty is paid for by this $75,000 and the prior investment?


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