WOLFFORTH, TX (NEWS RELEASE) - The Texas Department of Transportation is set to install new traffic signals with flashing yellow left turn arrows along FM 179 in the city of Wolfforth as part of an effort to upgrade the signals to meet Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) standards. The traffic signals on FM 179 at the 82nd Street (Donald Preston Drive) and Loop 193 intersections are scheduled to be installed and set to go online this week.
"The flashing-yellow, left-turn arrows were adopted in 2009 by the FHWA as the national standard for permissive left-turn signals," said Steve Warren, P.E., TxDOT Lubbock District engineer. "The signals are now being used by TxDOT and local jurisdictions across the state."
Motorists should be aware that oncoming traffic has a green light when the flashing yellow arrow is displayed.
"The flashing yellow-arrow, left-turn signals are gradually being phased in to replace the traditional circular green signals," Warren added. "The flashing yellow arrow is being used to indicate traffic is permitted to turn left but must still yield to oncoming traffic. This is different from the old green arrow signal which means traffic turning left is protected and has the right of way."
Flashing yellow arrows will continue to be retrofitted where appropriate at existing signals when traffic control equipment is upgraded or replaced. Work is planned for Aug. 22 - 24 and will take place weather permitting.
For more information, contact Dianah.Ascencio@txdot.gov or (806) 748-4472.
(News release from TxDOT, Lubbock District)
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