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City official explains new crosswalk signal at Lomas, Alvarado

Eddie Garcia
July 12, 2017 06:46 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Joshua Deale, the manager at Rehm's Nursery, has a front row seat to the unconventional HAWK signal at the intersection of Lomas and Alvarado. His security camera is pointed directly at it.

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“I've seen a couple people almost get hit or they don't even bother using the signal whatsoever,” he said.

A KOB camera spotted that right away as a man tried to cross the busy intersection against traffic. Deale said the unusual looking traffic signal also confuses motorists.

“It just starts blinking red and once that happens people don't know whether to go, whether to stop - what to do,” Deale said.

What do you do? KOB asked Keith Reed, the acting deputy director for municipal development, to explain. It starts with the simple push of a button.

“The signal has started to flash yellow indicating to the motorists that they're about to get a red stop signal,” Reed said. “Red is up now, so they are stopping. We have the green pedestrian indication...they are stopping here.

“Now that we're out of the intersection, they can proceed because it's flashing red. So nobody's in the intersection, they can proceed,” Reed said.

Cars can go on a flashing red but only when the intersection is clear of pedestrians and bicyclists.

“It's been up for many months now and we think it's been operating fairly successfully,” Reed said.

Deale said from experience, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike should proceed with caution.

“People aren't paying attention, some people are texting or doing whatever on their phone so, just make sure you're watching wherever you're driving,” he said.

For more information on the HAWK light, click here.

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