By Correne Martin
Pedestrian safety at the intersection of Wells Street and Marquette Road was a primary topic of discussion at the Prairie du Chien Common Council meeting once again Tuesday night.
At a regular meeting in August, the council directed City Administrator Aaron Kramer to obtain figures on a High-intensity Activated cross WalK, or HAWK, signaling system, for that intersection. A HAWK system is a combination of a beacon flasher and traffic control signaling system.
Reporting back to the council Tuesday night, Kramer said city officials talked to the Department of Transportation and found out that a HAWK system would cost the city between $120,000 and $160,000. Also, according to the DOT, the intersection’s low pedestrian count would probably not meet pedestrian crossing requirements to get federal and state approval for installing a HAWK system. These factors, as well as the fact that the system would have to be removed prior to road construction in 2017, make this option unfeasible, Kramer stated.