Construction began early this week on the new pedestrian crosswalk connecting Town Center Park and the Old Historic Suwanee area. This crossing over the busy Buford Highway just south of the Suwanee Dam Road intersection will be equipped with a new state-of-the-art pedestrian HAWK crossing signal (High-intensity Activated Crosswalk).
Pedestrian HAWK Signal System
This system allows for safe pedestrian crossing only when needed without restricting or interrupting normal traffic flow when pedestrians are not present. Solid black traffic signals are mounted horizontally over the street, but the high-intensity lights are not powered on unless activated by the pedestrian switch. Once activated the lights flash YELLOW then solid RED to stop traffic while the pedestrian crosses, then the lights go black again. The HAWK system’s initial installation in Tucson, Arizona has been highly successfully. Suwanee’s installation will be the first in the state of Georgia and should prove to be a tremendous compliment to the, soon-to-be-finished, tunnel beneath the railroad tracks which provides a direct pedestrian connection between Old Historic Suwanee and Town Center Park.
Let’s take a walk to the other side of the tracks!
Residents will now be able to travel by foot directly between Town Center Park and the attractions of Old Downtown such as the library, Playtown Suwanee and historic main street shops. Walkability is one of the increasingly important factors in attractive, sustainable development, and Suwanee is striving to address this important future need for all residents while maintaining its historic nature.
Original post at SuwaneeDwellings.com on 1/16/09