2014-05-21 / Front Page

HAWK To Protect Lafayette Street Crosswalk

Children crossing Lafayette Street on their way to or from school will soon be protected by a HAWK.

In this case, HAWK stands for High-intensity Activated crossWalK, a new style of crosswalk warning light.

Archbold village council approved spending up to $23,000 for a HAWK system crosswalk at its Monday, May 19 meeting.

Dennis Howell, village administrator, said the traffic signals at the crosswalk now are operated by an old control system that was originally moved from Holland Street. Parts are no longer available to keep the old electromechanical system operating.

Kevin Eicher, councilman, said the streets and sidewalks committee met May 5 and looked at three options for warning lights at the crosswalk. The committee came to an agreement on the HAWK system.

HAWK uses a system of red and yellow lights.

When a pedestrian pushes a button to cross a street, a yellow light begins to flash, warning motorists. The light then switches to solid yellow, warning drivers to be prepared to stop.

Next, a solid red light comes on, telling drivers to stop. A Walk/Don’t Walk sign tells pedestrians it’s safe to cross.

The red light begins flashing, telling drivers they may drive through the crosswalk when it’s safe to do so. The system then shuts off, waiting for the next pedestrian request.

Other Issues

During the May 5 meeting, the streets and sidewalks committee met with Jennifer Kidder, director of Archbold Parks & Recreation, and Bob Seaman, village engineer.

The group discussed a sidewalk to North Pointe Park, extending from the west end of St. Anne Street to the playground and possibly the shelter house.

The proposed sidewalk would follow the proposed alignment of St. Anne Street, if it is extended.

The matter was referred to Seaman for engineering.

Another sidewalk discussed was on the west side of South Defiance Street, south of Lafayette Street, which would serve children coming from Memorial Park.

The committee also discussed concrete curb repairs on East Lugbill Road and Myers Road, and the reconstruction of Co. Rd. A between St. Rt. 66 and Co. Rd. 24.

Howell said the Archbold share of the project, originally budgeted at $250,000, is estimated to be $40,000.

Archbold is sharing in the cost because a portion of Co. Rd. A near Arrow Tru-Line is within the village limits.

Clyde’s Way

The committee also discussed resurfacing Clyde’s Way from West Barre Road to the south to East Lutz Road to the north.

Howell said a portion of the roadway, from the Brush Creek bridge to the Norfolk Southern railroad overpass, is in poor condition, and may need to be completely rebuilt.

He estimated the project cost to be around $240,000.

Village officials would like to have the work done yet this year, he said.–David Pugh

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