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Sept. 10, 2014

New signal display will go into effect on September 12 to improve safety at intersection

ANNANDALE- The Virginia Department of Transportation will implement a new signal display at the intersection of Braddock Road and Ravensworth Road on Friday, September 12, 2014 to make turning left safer.  Currently, drivers turning left from eastbound Braddock to northbound Ravensworth have a green arrow or the solid green light.  The new signal will use a flashing yellow arrow instead of the solid green light.

The new signal will allow eastbound left-turns on a green arrow during peak periods. Drivers turning left on a solid green light sometimes do not yield to oncoming traffic, which has resulted in crashes at this intersection. The flashing yellow arrow allows left-turns but at the same time communicates the “caution” message to drivers.

To further promote safety, drivers will only be allowed to turn left on a green arrow during peak periods. The flashing yellow arrow will initially operate at other times of day, but VDOT will monitor the signal’s operation and will be able to adjust the operational hours as needed.

Studies have shown that drivers find flashing yellow left-turn arrows more understandable than traditional yield-on-green indications, and they had fewer crashes.

Flashing yellow arrow traffic signals feature a flashing yellow arrow in addition to the standard red, yellow and green arrows. When illuminated, the flashing yellow arrow allows waiting motorists to make a left turn after yielding to oncoming traffic. Otherwise, the new traffic signals work the same as traditional signals.

Solid red arrow: Drivers intending to turn left must stop and wait. Do not enter an intersection to turn when a solid red arrow is being displayed.

Solid yellow arrow: The left-turn signal is about to change to red and drivers should prepare to stop or prepare to complete a left turn if they are legally within the intersection and there is no conflicting traffic present.

Flashing yellow arrow: Drivers are allowed to turn left after yielding to all oncoming traffic and to any pedestrians in the crosswalk. 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. All conflicting traffic has a red light.


On Friday, September 12, VDOT will install the new four-section traffic signal in the median for better visibility, along with a sign to provide additional guidance to drivers.  The new flashing yellow arrow is scheduled to go into operation the same day.


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