New high intensity activated crosswalks, the acronym is HAWK, were installed on University Avenue across from Texas Tech.
Pedestrians can activate the crosswalk as usual but it's what the drivers see that's changing. A yellow flashing light followed by a yellow light so they can prepare to stop. The light will then turn red and the walk sign will alert pedestrians it's safe to cross. A flashing red light will then activate.
"We wanted to increase safety for the pedestrians or bicyclists and yet decrease delay for the traffic along University where as before they had a longer delay," Sharmon Owens city traffic engineer said.
The lights were installed on University at 14th and Main streets. Two more hawks will be installed on Avenue Q at 27th and 44th streets.