John Chi , WSDOT project engineer, 425-225-8741
Kris Olsen, WSDOT communications, 206-440-4704
EDMONDS – Pedestrians and cyclists near City Park in Edmonds will have a safer way to cross State Route 104 when a new signalized crosswalk goes into operation near Pine Street Wednesday, Feb. 4.
It may take some time for drivers to adjust, as the HAWK (High-intensity Activated crossWalK) signal is the first of its kind on state highways in Snohomish and King counties. The signal gives drivers extra notice that someone wishes to cross, an important factor on a road frequently used by commuters and ferry travelers.
Drivers will also see a speed limit reduction from 40 mph to 35 mph approaching the new crosswalk from both directions of SR 104 between Dayton Street and Paradise Lane.
“The new signal will create another safe, walkable option, connecting downtown Edmonds and City Park with the marsh and waterfront,” said Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling.
For pedestrians and cyclists, the signal will operate like any other crosswalk: simply touch the button, wait for the walk signal and proceed across once it is safe. For drivers, though, it will be a little different:
• Dark signal: When there is no pedestrian activity at the crosswalk, the signal will appear dark as though it is turned off.
• Flashing yellow signal: When a pedestrian presses the crosswalk button, the flashing yellow signal warns drivers to start slowing in order to allow pedestrian traffic to cross.
• Solid yellow signal: This alerts drivers to begin stopping because the signal is about to turn red.
• Solid red signal: All vehicles are required to stop to allow pedestrians to cross.
• Flashing red signal: Drivers may proceed through the crosswalk one at a time after stopping to verify the crosswalk is clear of pedestrians.
• Dark signal: The signal will then go back to dark until the crosswalk button is pushed again.
A WSDOT YouTube video explains how drivers and pedestrians should use the new crosswalk.
WSDOT is using the unique signal at this location due to heavy use by commuters and ferry travelers in the area. HAWK signals are also in use on State Route 538 in Mount Vernon and State Route 20 in Sedro-Woolley.
“This crosswalk will dramatically reduce risks to pedestrians wishing to cross SR 104 near Pine Street,” Edmonds Public Works Director Phil Williams said. “It’s been a very positive experience working with WSDOT on this project.”