The New York State Department of Transportation announced a new high-intensity activated crosswalk (HAWK) signal is scheduled to be activated on Route 324 (Sheridan Drive) in the Town of Tonawanda.
Beginning Friday, June 24, motorists should expect to encounter the new HAWK signal in full operational mode on Route 324, between Logan Avenue and Gettysburg-Vicksburg Avenue, at the crossing of the Tonawanda Rails to Trails path.
This is the first installation of a HAWK signal on a state highway in New York. The HAWK is used to warn and control traffic at an un-signalized location, and will assist trail users to safely cross Sheridan Drive. When activated, the HAWK signals vehicles to stop in order to let pedestrians cross the street. It then permits vehicles to proceed once the pedestrian has cleared the roadway, allowing for efficient traffic flow.
Motorists are advised to obey the posted speed limit and to drive with caution in the vicinity of the new traffic signal as motorists adjust to the new traffic pattern.
Motorists are also reminded fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual's driver's license.