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Forsyth gets new Georgia DOT traffic signal

by McKenzie Cunningham

March 12, 2014

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. New traffic signals designed to improve safety and increase traffic flow are coming to the intersection of State Route 9 and Castleberry Road/Carolene Way.

The new signals will also be installed throughout the state as a component of the Regional Traffic Operations Program and "Quick Fix" initiatives of the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT).

The new traffic lights feature four-section flashing yellow arrow (FYA) signals that will be deployed at intersections with historic heavy left-turning traffic volumes.

The FYA signals will apply exclusively to drivers making left turns. The signal 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.

When solid green arrow is displayed, drivers may turn left.

The new signals installed at State Route 9 and Castleberry Road/Carolene Way became operational as of Feb. 25.

Federal Highway Administration studies have shown these signals help reduce crashes of left-turning vehicles by as much as 35 percent.

FYA will now be GDOT's preferred left-turn traffic signal for eligible locations those with high numbers of left-turn movements and resultant traffic back-ups and related accidents.

During heavy traffic volume, the traffic signal may skip the flashing yellow phase to increase safety at the intersection.

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