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Posted on: September 1, 2022

New Signalized Pedestrian Crossing in Tourist District

NE 145th HAWK signal

The City recently completed installation of a new HAWK (High-Intensity Activated CrossWalK) signal along NE 145th St near Chateau Ste. Michelle and the Old Redhook Brewery. The HAWK signal, a first of its kind for Woodinville, provides a protected pedestrian and bicycle crossing for users of the new regional trail known as Eastrail, connecting Woodinville to Kirkland and beyond. 

145th HAWK signal lightened

While the new HAWK signal includes tall poles and mast arms similar to other traffic signals in town, this signal can be activated only by pedestrians, stopping cars as needed in a mid-block location of NE 145th St NE. If no pedestrians are present, the HAWK signal will remain unlit, allowing traffic to pass freely through the intersection until a pedestrian pushes a button to activate the light. Once activated, the signal turns yellow and then red requiring vehicles to stop and allow pedestrians to cross the road. Just like other crosswalks, pedestrians cross when the sign switches from “don’t walk” to “walk”.

Construction on the NE 145th St pedestrian HAWK signal crossing began earlier this year and was substantially completed in August. The project was proposed in partnership with King County and the Washington Department of Transportation to enhance pedestrian safety and provide connection to existing and future trails running through the Tourist District, including the Eastrail, Tolt-Pipeline Trail, and points of interest including nearby wineries. 

In addition to the new pedestrian activated HAWK signal, the project featured a 14-foot wide crosswalk, new sidewalk, and traffic-calming landscaping.

For a one minute demonstration of HAWK signals and how they work, check out this video from Washington Department of Transportation (external link).

HAWK signal graphic

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