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DC event for pedestrian traffic signal postponed

Monday - 4/29/2013, 11:18am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bad weather has caused D.C. officials to postpone a ceremony to unveil a new traffic signal.

The event, with Mayor Vincent Gray and representatives of the D.C. Transportation Department, was to have occurred Monday morning near Chevy Chase Circle, at Connecticut Avenue and Northampton Street in northwest. But officials say the event has been pushed back to a later date because of rainy weather.

The new "HAWK" signal is aimed at helping pedestrians safely cross the street. HAWK stands for High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk.

The signal stops traffic with a red signal and allows pedestrians to cross the street with a walk display.

Officials say it's unique because it can automatically activate at certain locations after detecting the presence of pedestrians.

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