Henrico installs more flashing-yellow traffic signals to improve safety
The Henrico County Department of Public Works will install new traffic signals at five additional intersections over the next two weeks to help motorists better understand the need to yield to oncoming traffic before turning left.
The signals feature a new flashing yellow arrow, which indicates that motorists may proceed after yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians. The signals replace ones that have permitted left turns by showing a solid green circle with a sign that reads, “Left Turn Yield on Green.” The flashing yellow arrow appears during the signal’s normal cycles, which also guide motorists with solid red, green and yellow arrows.
The new signals are scheduled to be installed by May 11 at Cox Road and Waterfront Place; Cox and Sadler Place; Nuckols Road and Snowmass Road/Capital One Way; Nuckols and Concourse Boulevard; and Shady Grove and Twin Hickory roads. Police will direct traffic while work is under way.
The signals have been in place since February at Hungary Road and West End Drive; Hungary and Francistown roads; Gaskins Road and Ridgefield Parkway; and Creighton and Cedar Fork roads.
The Federal Highway Administration and Virginia Department of Transportation have approved the use of signals with flashing yellow arrows in light of research showing they reduce the number of left-turn accidents by more clearly conveying that motorists must yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians before proceeding.
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