Motorists will be able to turn at flashing yellow arrow (FYA)
CHARLOTTE -The N.C. Department of Transportation is currently
integrating a flashing yellow arrow (FYA) on U.S. 74 at Main Street in Wingate.
This new type of signal will be phased gradually over several weeks.
The flashing yellow arrow slightly varies from the typical
green arrow and green circular light, which indicate protected and permitted
left turns. Instead, there is a flashing yellow arrow between the solid green
and solid yellow arrows on the signal. When the flashing yellow arrow is
displayed left turns are permitted, meaning drivers must yield to oncoming
traffic and pedestrians before turning.
Motorists will see changes at the following times:
- Now through May 21 - The flashing yellow arrow will be
implemented from 6 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., Monday through Sunday; and
- May 22 - The flashing yellow arrow will be implemented 24
hours a day, 7 days a week.
NCDOT first installed this type of
signal in February 2005 at the employee/visitor entrance to Wake Medical Center
in Raleigh. It was part of a national study sponsored by the Federal Highway
Administration to improve driver understanding of left-turn traffic signal
displays and to reduce accidents at signalized intersections.
Drivers are encouraged to provide feedback on the new style left-turn traffic
signals. Comments may be provided to Laura Jean at (704) 983-4400.
***Editor's Note*** - A flyer describing the FYA is attached.