Second pedestrian safety light coming to Marietta

Marietta is adding a new pedestrian crossing light at Whitlock Avenue and Cheatham Hill. The Georgia Department of Transportation has begun the installation of a second pedestrian hybrid beacon that will replace the existing crosswalk between two sections of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.

Marietta’s first pedestrian hybrid beacon was placed on South Marietta Parkway at the Cobb County Transportation Transfer Center.

This beacon (also known as the High intensity Activated crossWalK or HAWK) is a pedestrian-activated warning device on the roadside or on mast arms over mid-block pedestrian crossings.

The beacon head consists of two red lenses above a single yellow lens.

The beacon head is “dark” until the pedestrian pushes a button to activates the beacon.

After displaying brief flashing and steady yellow intervals, the device displays a steady red indication to drivers and a “WALK” indication to pedestrians.

The hybrid beacon displays alternating flashing red lights to drivers while pedestrians finish their crossings before once again going dark at the conclusion of the cycle.

Information: www.mariettaga.gov/news/docs/pedhybridbeacon.pdf.

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