|WAYCROSS, Georgia – A safer and more efficient way to manage traffic turning left at intersections is coming to Memorial Stadium intersections as the Georgia Department of Transportation activates new flashing yellow arrow (FYA) signals. |
Signals will be activated on Tuesday, July 27 at US 1/SR 4 Business at Wilkerson Street and Knight Avenue at Harrison Street in the City of Waycross, weather permitting. These traffic operation improvements are in coordination with Waycross City Officials due to the unique operational condition of both signalized intersections are controlled by one traffic control cabinets.
The FYA signal is the Department’s preferred left turn signal because it is safer, more efficient and easier for drivers to understand. Here is what the lights on the four-part signal mean:
- When solid Red arrow is illuminated, no left turn is allowed;
- When solid Yellow arrow is displayed, drivers should prepare to stop as light is about to turn red;
- When flashing Yellow arrow is illuminated, drivers may turn left but must yield to pedestrians and oncoming vehicles; and
- When solid Green arrow is displayed, drivers may turn left.
Federal Highway Administration studies have shown these signals help reduce crashes of left-turning vehicles by as much as 35 percent. The FYA also offers clearer guidance to drivers turning left and allows them more movement through the intersection when no pedestrians or oncoming traffic are present, thereby reducing back-ups, engine idling and auto emissions.
The left turn will flash red in the event of a signal malfunction. As with all signalized intersections, a flashing red means stop and flashing yellow means proceed with caution. If all indicators at an intersection are flashing red or the intersection is dark, it should be treated as a four-way stop.
Motorists are advised to expect delays, exercise caution, and reduce their speed while traveling thru work zones. Before heading out, get real-time information on work status and traffic conditions. Call 511, visit 511ga.org, or download the Georgia 511 app. Our maintenance team members who repair roads and bridges and our project teams who oversee construction projects are continuing their essential work, while following sanitary work practices prescribed by health agencies to protect themselves and the public from the coronavirus, as are most state DOTs in the U.S.
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