Manor Park Pedestrian Crosswalk Project Expected to Begin in NovemberSeptember 29, 2015
Work to install a new high-tech Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon near the intersection of Detroit and Manor Park avenues is slated to begin in November.
The city of Lakewood has received funding from the Ohio Department of Transportation to pay for the project, however the state agency’s contractor fell behind its expected summer start date.
The pedestrian hybrid beacon — also known as a HAWK — is a new traffic control device approved by the Federal Highway Administration. The HAWK signal is designed to stop traffic only as needed when pedestrians are present.
The pedestrian crossing, the first of its kind in Northeast Ohio, promotes walkability and safety, said Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers.
“The installation of this pedestrian hybrid beacon is a result of this administration continuing to listen to the community and identifying and pursuing options that make sense for our walkable neighborhoods,” said Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers. “This progressive project is a great example of that. We need to keep adapting to the needs of our residents.”
A 2011 traffic study found that the intersection did not meet the volume requirements for a traffic signal. However, the city of Lakewood received grant funding — to the tune of $65,000 — to pay for the new traffic control device.
Unlike a yellow flashing beacon, the pedestrian hybrid beacon signals the motorists to stop for a pedestrian. Unlike a standard traffic signal, the pedestrian hybrid beacon will allow motorists to proceed through the crosswalk if clear of pedestrians during the flashing red phase. Each vehicle must stop before proceeding through the crosswalk.
The pedestrian hybrid beacon installation is expected to begin in November. Temporary message boards will be in place on Detroit Avenue during construction that will direct the public to an instructional HAWK usage video.