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Drivers confused over new Goleta crosswalk

The City of Goleta replaced one of its crosswalks on Hollister Avenue with a newer system. It is supposed to make crossing the street safer for people, but it’s also causing some confusion.

The HAWK Signal cost the city more than $133,000. It is located on Hollister Avenue in front of Goleta Valley Community Center.

The HAWK Signal replaced an old crosswalk with flashing beacons.

The new system has flashing lights, striping on the street and signage. When drivers see the lights flash yellow that means they need to prepare to stop. A solid yellow and solid red will appear afterwards.

A solid red means drivers must stop behind the limit line. Once the lights flash red, that means drivers are able to safely cross the intersection.

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