Flashing Yellow Arrows: A more effective left turn signal

Have you ever had to wait at a red light to turn left when there were no cars coming and it was clear to go? This situation can be frustrating as well as cost you time and fuel.

The solution is a type of traffic signal with a flashing yellow left turn arrow. A signal with this feature was installed at the intersection of Industrial Avenue and Freedom Way in late October 2016. You will soon see them added in other communities around the Sacramento area.

A flashing yellow left-turn arrow means you are allowed to cautiously enter the intersection to make your turn after yielding to oncoming traffic. 

The signal still provides the comfort of a protected left-turn green arrow during peak travel times, or when pedestrians are crossing.

Flashing yellow arrow intersections are proven to be more efficient—reducing traffic delays and emissions, saving you time and money. These signals have been successfully used for years in other cities in northern California, Reno and around the country.  

Watch the brief animation below to see how a flashing yellow arrow signal works.

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