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New Savannah traffic signals to improve safety, left turns

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New traffic signals designed to improve safety and increase traffic flow is coming to Savannah.

Beginning this week, traffic signals at two State Route 307/Bourne Avenue intersections will be re-signalized by the Georgia Department of Transportation in collaboration with the City of Savannah with Four-Section Flashing Yellow Arrow traffic lights that will provide an extended period of time for motorists to turn left after yielding to any oncoming traffic.

Work will begin on June 12 at Mikell Avenue and Davidson Road intersections to replace the existing signals.

"The flashing yellow arrow primary purpose is to reduce the often-devastating right angle crashes that occur when drivers turning left are struck by oncoming traffic," stated Cynthia Phillips in a news release, District Traffic Engineer. "This new traffic signal design will give drivers a clear picture of when they may turn left, when to proceed with caution, and when they should prepare to stop."

The new signals are being installed at intersections with heavy left-turning traffic volumes.  The FYA signals will apply exclusively to drivers making left turns. The signal configuration will be a vertical display of four left turn arrows functioning as follows:

  • 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.  

Georgia Department of Transportation officials say the signals will be placed in operation immediately upon Thursday's installation.

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