South Phoenix Neighborhood Gets Important Crosswalk

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The determination of one veteran in south Phoenix has led to a special addition for the local community.

Harold Pickett has been advocating for the installation of a “HAWK”, High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk. Now, after months of discussion, the new beacon has been placed above the crosswalk on 7th Street and Jones Avenue. North of Broadway Road, this area can be dangerous for pedestrians with heavy traffic and drivers who don’t pay enough attention to those crossing the street.

Each HAWK comes with a price tag of nearly $100,000.  Pickett began his push for the crosswalk after friend was struck by a car in this spot last year. The neighborhood is home to many veterans with disabilities, who need to cross 7th Street to reach the closest bus stop.

For more information on the high-intensity activated crosswalks in the valley, please visit the official page here.

Photo: Federal Highway Administration

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