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Title:Current Policies throughout the Nation for Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB) Installation
Author(s):DeLorenzo, Stacey S.; Jiang, Min; Attalla, Mohamed
Subject(s):Dark Signal
Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)
Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB)
High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK)
Abstract:With increased interest in Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB) use across the United States, including in Illinois, it is necessary to provide a comprehensive analysis for PHB application nationwide, including current control standards, practice experience, and concerns in all states. Thus, using the official documents of each state and additional information obtained by reaching out to several state engineering staff, this study compiled laws applicable to dark signals and standards, practices, and transportation department concerns regarding PHBs in each state. It was determined that 37 out of 50 states specifically regulate the maneuvers of drivers at dark signals according to statements in law. Forty-one states have implemented PHB use, and three states have made a distinction between traffic signals and PHBs related to driver treatment during a dark condition. In addition, the impedances that prevent PHBs from larger-scale application were obtained. Based on this review, the PHB can be characterized as a widely used device that still poses substantial concerns due primarily to its unique nature. Illinois plans to utilize the information provided in this report to inform policy and focus PHB application in locations where they will be most effective and properly address existing safety concerns.
Issue Date:2019-09
Publisher:Illinois Center for Transportation/Illinois Department of Transportation
Citation Info:DeLorenzo, Stacey S., Min Jiang, and Mohamed Attalla. 2019. Current Policies throughout the Nation for Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB) Installation. A report of the findings of ICT-R27-SP39. Illinois Center for Transportation Series No. 19-013. Research Report No. FHWA-ICT-19-010. Illinois Center for Transportation, Rantoul, IL.
Genre:Technical Report
Rights Information:No restrictions. This document is available through the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA 22161.
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-09-05

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