Press Release on Flashing Yellow Arrow Traffic Signals

City of Jackson, Tennessee

Office of the Mayor
Mayor Jerry Gist
121 East Main Street, Suite 301 
Jackson, TN  38301   
Phone: (731) 425-8240
Fax: (731) 425-8605

P R E S S    R E L E A S E  May 4, 2018
 IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:     
Kris Gordon, Engineering Dept.
PHONE (731)425-8273                                                                                                                  

Press Release on Flashing Yellow Arrow Traffic Signals

The City of Jackson has activated a new traffic signal installation at the intersection of North Highland Avenue and Campbell Street.  The existing signal was replaced due to its age (more than 40 years old) and lack of pedestrian signals or pushbuttons to help pedestrians cross these busy streets.

The new traffic signal will incorporate a feature not seen before in Jackson: the left-turn signals for turning left from Highland Avenue onto Campbell Street will utilize a “flashing yellow arrow” display.  The flashing yellow arrow signals will take the place of the traditional 5-section left-turn signals.  Like the 5-section signal, the Flashing Yellow Arrow signals allow left-turn vehicles to turn when there are adequate gaps in opposing traffic, with some significant advantages.  National research has shown that flashing yellow arrow signals are more easily understood by drivers and that use of flashing yellow arrow signals decreases crashes and improves safety at intersections.  Flashing Yellow Arrow signals also provide traffic engineers greater flexibility in accommodating traffic flow efficiently.

Use of this type of signal is relatively new in Tennessee, however neighboring states have been installing them for several years, and nationwide they have been in use since the early 2000s.  The City of Jackson is hoping to see the same success that many other municipalities across the nation have seen in utilizing this new configuration.  We are not actively moving to install the flashing yellow arrow at any additional intersections at this time.  We do hope that after sufficient time of seeing proven success, we will be able to implement this at other intersections throughout the City.     

The City of Jackson asks motorists to keep the following rules of the road in mind when driving through an intersection using Flashing Yellow Arrow signals. 

The Red, steady Yellow, Green, and arrows will have the same meaning as in any other traffic signal:

Vehicular traffic facing a Green Arrow signal may cautiously enter the intersection, but must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and to other traffic lawfully using the intersection;

Vehicular traffic facing a Steady Yellow Arrow signal indication is warned that the related Green Arrow movement or the related flashing arrow movement is being terminated;

Vehicular traffic facing a steady red arrow signal indication shall not enter the intersection to make the movement indicated by the arrow.

The Flashing Yellow Arrow means that oncoming traffic has a green light, so left-turn traffic must yield. Vehicular traffic facing a Flashing Yellow Arrow left-turn signal is permitted to cautiously enter the intersection only to make the left-turn movement, however they must yield the right-of-way to other vehicles approaching from the opposite direction, as well as other vehicles in the intersection and pedestrians in the crosswalks.

Source for graphic: Hamilton County, Indiana website: https://www.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/238/Flashing-Yellow-Signal-Upgrade


Michigan DOT video explaining what to do at an intersection with flashing yellow arrows:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIkanxT72KI

 

Sample flyers by other jurisdictions:

https://www.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/238/Flashing-Yellow-Signal-Upgrade

http://www.dot.state.pa.us/public/Bureaus/BOMO/Traffic%20Signal%20Portal/FYA_Fact_Sheet.pdf