First discussed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the town of Wrightsville Beach in January 2012, work is beginning on the HAWK light pedestrian crossing system at the Causeway and North Channel drives crosswalk.
The system will involve two steel posts on either side of Causeway Drive with arms suspended above the street. Signals like traffic lights will be fixed to the arms and activated by buttons on the posts pedestrians can press to stop traffic for safe crossings.
Wrightsville Beach Public Works director Mike Vukelich said this week the crew from Trico Electric Co. of Tarboro, that was awarded the contract by NCDOT, would be boring underneath Causeway Drive to rout power supplies where the two posts will stand. The whole project should not take longer than a couple of weeks to complete, Vukelich said.
The NCDOTís preliminary estimate of the cost of the project is between $100,000 and $120,000. The NCDOT is covering the full cost of the project.