The first of two new high-intensity pedestrian activated walk (HAWK) signals was installed last week at Fifth and Lindsey streets to make it safer for downtown walkers to get into Mill Race Park.

But since off-duty officers were present to guide patrons of last Saturday’s Columbus Craft Beerfest across the busy street, few walkers needed to try out the new gadgetry.

As both motorists and pedestrians get used to the new crossings, off-duty officers will continue to be used for pedestrian safety during big events at the park, said Dave Hayward, executive director of public works and city engineer.

For more on this story, see Saturday’s Republic.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5636.