A new traffic signal designed to improve traffic flow and increase safety for left-turning drivers will be installed Thursday in Ocilla.
It is at Irwin Avenue and Fourth Street. State Route 11 (Irwin Avenue) traffic turning left onto State Route 32 (Fourth Street) is currently directed by a two-section signal; yellow for turns after yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians and green for protected turns.
It will be converted to a four-section Flashing Yellow Arrow (FYA) signal. Officials expect the signal work to be finished by noon Thursday.
The Federal Highway Administration has found that FYA signals help reduce left-turn crashes and ease traffic congestion by efficiently moving traffic through an intersection.
Here's how the FYA signal works:
Solid red arrow – no left turn allowed. Do not enter an intersection to turn when a solid red arrow is displayed.
Solid yellow arrow – prepare to stop because the light is about to turn red.
Flashing yellow arrow – left turn allowed after yielding to pedestrians and oncoming vehicles. Oncoming traffic has a green light. Drivers must wait for a safe gap in oncoming traffic before turning.
Solid green arrow – left turns have the right of way. Oncoming traffic has a red light.
The left turn will flash red in the event of a signal malfunction. As with all signalized intersections, a flashing red means stop and flashing yellow means proceed with caution. If all indicators at an intersection are flashing red or the intersection is dark, it should be treated as a four-way stop.
The FYA signal is the Georgia DOT's preferred left-turn signal. In the 31 counties of southwest Georgia, they have been installed in Hahira, Moultrie, Albany and Bainbridge.
Contractor GTG Traffic Signals of Marietta is in the process of installing 14 FYA signals in Tifton. That work should be complete by the end of the month.
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