Drivers in Southeast’s three largest cities are seeing more flashing lights.
But it’s not an optical illusion.
Department of Transportation spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says they’re being added to traffic signals to show when left turns are safe.
“The new, I guess, fourth signal that you will now see is a flashing yellow arrow. And that means you must yield to oncoming traffic, and pedestrians as well, before you can then proceed across the lane of traffic,” Woodrow says.
Juneau got the first flashing yellow signal about three years ago. The department is adding eight more to key capital city intersections.
Two are being installed in Ketchikan, and one in Sitka. Overall, about 50 have been or will be installed around the state.
“Studies have shown and statistics have shown nationwide that drivers – when they come to an intersection where they have the flashing yellow arrow – [are] more likely to yield in this case instead of then proceeding across the lane of traffic,” Woodrow says.
Woodrow says not all traffic signals need the flashing yellow lights.
Click here to watch an animated illustration of how the new signal system works.
Here’s a list of Southeast intersections getting the new lights:
- Main St. & Egan
- Glacier Hwy (Lemon Rd) & Anka
- Glacier Hwy (Lemon Rd) & Sunny Point
- Glacier Hwy & Jordan Ave
- Glacier Hwy & Shell Simmons
- Riverside & Vintage
- Riverside & Riverwood
- Mendenhall Loop & Valley Blvd.
- S. Tongass & Washington
- S. Tongass & Carlanna Lake Rd
- Halibut Point Rd. & Katlian