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Johns Creek installs flashing yellow arrow signals on State Bridge Road, 2/24

New program, first in Georgia, expected to improve traffic flow, safety

flashing yellow arrow signalOn Friday, Feb. 24, the City of Johns Creek will install flashing yellow arrow left-turn signals at three intersections on State Bridge Road. Flashing yellow arrow signals have been shown in other places to move traffic more efficiently and more safely.

The flashing yellow left arrows – which mean you can turn left but yield to crossing pedestrians and oncoming vehicles – will be added onto the traffic signals at the following locations:

  • State Bridge Road & St. Georgian Common
  • State Bridge Road & entrance to Parkway Baptist Church
  • State Bridge Road & entrances to Home Depot/Whole Foods Market

"If you've ever been stuck at a red light and wanting to turn left when there's no oncoming traffic a flashing yellow arrow will allow you to go ahead and turn if it's safe," said Public Works Director Tom Black. "Flashing yellow arrows can keep traffic moving."

The flashing yellow arrow also helps take the guesswork out of making left turns. Signals in opposite directions don't always mirror each other, forcing motorists to guess whether oncoming cars will stop, yield, or keep driving.

Johns Creek is the first city in Georgia to install flashing yellow arrows, which a 2007 Federal Highway Department study shows reduce accidents and near-misses. The City on Feb. 9 installed flashing yellow arrow left-turn signals at three intersections on McGinnis Ferry Road.

"Flashing yellow left-turn arrows have been successfully used in many other states, such as Missouri, North Carolina, Oregon, and Texas," Black said. "This has been tested in many other places."

The designated intersections will have four traffic signals to follow:
  • red arrow
  • yellow arrow
  • flash arrow
  • green arrow
  • Solid red arrow:  Stop. No left turns allowed.
  • Solid yellow arrow:  Prepare to stop.
  • Flashing yellow arrow:  Left turns are allowed, but first yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.
  • Solid green arrow:  Protected left turn. Proceed with caution.