Tucson using grant for HAWK signals at dangerous intersections

Tucson using grant for HAWK signals at dangerous intersections
The city of Tucson will use a $1.6 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration in install HAWK signals at dangerous intersections.

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - The city of Tucson plans to install safety traffic signals at dangerous intersections thanks to a new $1.6 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration.

The HAWK signals will go up at six locations, including Pima Street and Mountain View Avenue. The intersection just east of Swan Road is where a mom and son were killed while walking to school in October of 2017.

Neighbors said crashes like that are why the new signals are much needed.

A city representative tells KOLD News 13 that the locations were chosen based on crash rate. City leaders hope the new additions will reduce the number of incidents.

Thomas Guillory lives near Pima Street and Mountain View Avenue. He moved to the area about eight months ago and walks around the area daily.

Guillory says he’s legally blind and has been hit by vehicles multiple times. He says the new signals will give him more peace of mind.

“The cars just absolutely keep on going. It’s like they don’t even see the pedestrians or the bikers. And a stop light here would be perfect, especially for me because I’m legally blind and I’ve already been hit several times in crosswalks. So this would be a welcome change in this neighborhood,” he said.

According to information from the city, the cost to design and build each HAWK signal ranges from $270,000 to $300,000. Construction will begin when the federal funds become available, which could be next summer.

In the meantime, the city plans to start the design process.

The signals will go up at the following locations:

  • 22nd Street and Longfellow Avenue
  • Alvernon Way and Bellevue Street
  • Campbell Avenue and Wyoming Street
  • Pima Street and Mountain View Avenue
  • Prince Road and Crescent Manor Drive
  • Sixth Avenue and Ohio Street

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