TRAVELER ADVISORY - The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) today announced that a new High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) signal is scheduled to be activated on NY Route 324 (Sheridan Drive) in the Town of Tonawanda, Erie County, beginning on Friday, June 24.

Beginning on Friday, June 24, motorists should expect to encounter the new HAWK signal in full operational mode on NY Route 324, between Logan Avenue and Gettysburg-Vicksburg Avenue, at the crossing of the Tonawanda Rails to Trails path. The signals approximate location is displayed on the accompanying map.

This is the first installation of a HAWK signal on a state highway in New York State. The HAWK is used to warn and control traffic at an un-signalized location, and will assist trail users to safely cross Sheridan Drive. When activated, the HAWK signals vehicles to stop in order to let pedestrians cross the street. It then permits vehicles to proceed once the pedestrian has cleared the roadway, allowing for efficient traffic flow.

Drivers and pedestrians, please be aware of what to do when approaching a HAWK signal. View the accompanying graphic to learn more on how to interact with the HAWK Signal - or watch this video on how the new HAWK Signal operates.

Motorists are advised to obey the posted speed limit and to drive with caution in the vicinity of the new traffic signal as motorists adjust to the new traffic pattern.

Motorists are also reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.

For real-time travel information, call 511 or visit Find NYSDOT on the web at, and on Twitter at @NYSDOTBuffalo.

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