Missouri Boulevard Expects Traffic Changes

7 years 7 months 9 hours ago Tuesday, May 18 2010 May 18, 2010 Tuesday, May 18, 2010 11:01:56 AM CDT May 18, 2010 in News

Missouri Boulevard will replace the traditional "left turn on green" and will adopt the "yield on flashing arrow."

This is no ordinary arrow. This is an arrow that is making changes across the state.

It is called a "yield on flashing yellow arrow" and Missouri Boulevard will soon see it. MoDOT is planning to install the new signal at four intersections along Missouri Boulevard this week.

"The flashing yellow arrow is the most easily recognizable and understood by drivers and it's been incorporated into national guidelines. We're looking into doing basically a five year program for changing a lot of our left turns," said MoDOT Traffic Engineer, Matt Meyers.

These changes have already been seen in Kansas City and St.Louis.

More recently, Columbia motorists adapted to the new flashing signal. The yellow arrow works like this:

When you see it flashing, you can turn left if there is a gap in traffic or yield the right away to opposing traffic.

Drivers should still treat the yellow arrow like a standard yellow light. Some motorists have concerns with the new signal. Others believe it's great.

"It gives you time to prepare," said Phil Kaalberg, a biker.

The flashing yellow arrows will continue to flash forward throughout the state. MoDOT will begin installing the yellow flashing arrows on Tuesday. It will be completed in a week.

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