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New flashing traffic lights to be installed in Florence

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Drivers in Florence County will soon see a new style left-turn traffic signal head to improve safety and visibility, according to the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT).

Plans to install new style traffic signal head, commonly called a “Flashing Yellow Arrow” (FYA) left turn signal head, will be at the following locations in Florence County:

Florence

o I-20 Spur (David McLeod Blvd.) & Radio Rd/Magnolia Mall Entrance

o I-20 Spur (David McLeod Blvd.) & Beltline/Woody Jones Rd.

Weather permitting, the Radio Road FYA will be functional Tuesday night. The FYA for Beltine/Wood Jones Road will be turned on Wednesday evening.

The FYA left turn signal heads are designed to improve driver understanding of left-turn traffic signal displays. The goal is to improve efficiency and reduce crashes at signalized intersections, according to SCDOT.

The FYA left turn traffic signal head is designed to make it easier for drivers to perceive when to make a left turn maneuver. The traffic signal head adds a flashing yellow arrow display, which will mean left turns are permitted but drivers must use caution and yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians by turning when clear.

“It will be a very visible indication in your lane that will give you a cue on what to do,” said Carol Jones, SCDOT's Traffic Signal and Systems Engineer. “So many times as you're getting further out in the intersection waiting to turn, you have to look far to the right to see what the signal light is doing. Having this type of signal head in your left turn lane will give you better visibility on what to do and at what point. It's all about visibility, and that translates into improved safety.”

The four-section signal head includes, (from top to bottom), a solid red arrow, a solid yellow arrow, a flashing yellow arrow, and a solid green arrow.

SCDOT installed its first FYA signal head in the state in May 2013 in Richland County. In addition to the FYA signal heads in Florence County, additional FYA signal heads will be installed across the state.

A high-resolution photograph showing a three-section signal head is available at: http://www.scdot-transfer.org/SCDOTPhotos/YellowturnArrow2.jpg


New flashing yellow arrow signals aim to improve safety


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