White Bear Ave. Reconstruction

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White Bear Avenue is now open and the reconstruction of White Bear Avenue from I-94 to Beech Street is now complete. Tell us what you think about the project and where we can improve by taking this short survey.

HAWK pedestrian system

A new HAWK system is installed at the intersection of Margaret Street across White Bear Avenue. HAWK is a high-intensity activated crosswalk system which uses special hybrid beacons to warn and control traffic at intersections with no signal. This system is designed to increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists crossing a street within a marked crosswalk.

Watch this brief video to learn how to use the new HAWK system. 

Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians should keep the following information in mind when using the new system:

  • When approaching the intersection, pedestrians and bikes must press the button to activate the HAWK system and wait while the light turns yellow, warning oncoming cars that they will need to stop soon.
  • Once the light turns solid red, drivers must stop and pedestrians and bikers can continue across the intersection. 
  • After a hard red, the light will change to a flashing red. Remember, on a flashing red, drivers must first stop before continuing through the intersection if the crosswalk is clear.
  • While the HAWK signal is not in use, drivers may continue through the intersection, while pedestrians see a "Don't Walk" sign.