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New crosswalk unveiled near Lackawanna library

A new crosswalk equipped with a HAWK beacon was unveiled Wednesday outside the Lackawanna Public Library at 560 Ridge Road.

The section of Ridge is four lanes wide and one of the main thoroughfares between South Park Avenue and Route 5, said Annette Iafallo, the Second Ward councilwoman who campaigned vigorously for the crosswalk and signal.

The new system will assist library patrons in safely crossing the busy thoroughfare, said Assemblyman Mickey Kearns, who helped secure $125,000 to pay for the HAWK beacon system.

The HAWK, short for "high-intensity activated crosswalk beacon," is a traffic device designed to guide pedestrians at a mid-block road crossing. It has two red lenses above a single yellow lens, but no green. Motorists must treat the signal's flashing red light as a stop sign.

The first HAWK signal in Western New York was installed on Sheridan Road in the Town of Tonawanda in 2016.

When driving along Sheridan, watch for new HAWK beacon

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