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NCDOT to make signal phasing changes in Anson County

Motorists will be able to turn at flashing yellow arrow (FYA) 

CHARLOTTE – The N.C. Department of Transportation will begin integrating a flashing yellow arrow (FYA) at three intersections along U.S. 74 in Wadesboro and at the intersection of Tom Short Road and Rea Road in Charlotte beginning Monday, June 17, weather permitting. 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 on U.S. 74 at intersections with U.S. 52 South, the McDonald’s entrance, and Planks Road at the following times: 

  • June 17-30 - The flashing yellow arrow will be implemented from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Sunday;
  • July 1-14 - The flashing yellow arrow will be implemented at all times except from 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; and
  • July 15 -The flashing yellow arrow will be implemented 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

The FYA will be implemented at Tom Short Road and Rea Road at the following times: 

  • July 1-14 - The flashing yellow arrow will be implemented from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Sunday;
  • July 15 -28 – The flashing yellow arrow will be implemented at all times except from 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; and
  • July 28 – 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 Sean Epperson at (704) 983-4400.

 

 

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