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Air Rail Highway Bike/Ped Public Transit


For Immediate Release
October 14, 2014
Bill Lambert
Traffic Bureau
(603) 271-2291
Public Information Office
(603) 271-6495
New Pedestrian Safety Signals Installed in Epping and Meredith
Safety Improvement for Crosswalks at High Traffic Locations

New traffic control signals in New Hampshire aimed at improving pedestrian safety on busy roadways are being triggered by walkers in Epping (NH 125) and Meredith (NH 25).

Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (PHBs) are either on roadsides or on mast arms over marked crosswalks. They have two round red lenses side-by-side above a single yellow lens. Once activated, the PHB flashes yellow, alerting motorists that the light is about to change. The light then goes to a solid yellow, much like a standard traffic signal, to alert motorists that they should stop. Then the top lights turn to solid red requiring motorists to stop. At the same time the top lights turn to red, the crossing pedestrian or bicyclist will see the "WALK" symbol. When the "WALK" symbol changes to flashing "DON'T WALK," the highway signals will begin to alternating flash until the end of the walks cycle when they return to dark.

According the Federal Highway Administration, the installation of a pedestrian hybrid beacon, also known as a HAWK (High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk) beacon, has been shown to provide the following safety benefits:

  • Up to a 69 percent reduction in pedestrian crashes; and
  • Up to a 29 percent reduction in total roadway crashes.

"We are requiring this type of system in order to approve crosswalks in high traffic volume and/or multiple lane locations, typically greater than 12,000 to 15,000 vehicles per day," says NHDOT State Traffic Engineer Bill Lambert. "In addition to Epping and Meredith, we have approved Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons for two locations in Goffstown."

The average cost of the PHB system is between $75,000 and $100,000. Here's a link to an animation produced by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation that shows "How to Use a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon": ttp://

New Hampshire Department of Transportation
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