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.
For more information, please visit www.dot.ga.gov.