Lindsay LeGrand 804-524-6179


Sept. 19, 2014

New signal display will begin operations on September 23 to reduce wait times at intersections

CHESTERFIELD - The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will implement a new signal display at the intersection of Robious Road (Route 711) and Old Gun Road (Route 673) and Robious Road (Route 711) and James River Road on Tuesday, September 23 to make turning left more efficient.  Currently, drivers turning left from Robious Road to James River Road and from Robious Road to Old Gun Road may only turn left on a green arrow.  The new signal will use a combination of a green arrow and a flashing yellow arrow to allow for a smoother flow of traffic and to reduce wait time for left-turning vehicles. When illuminated, the flashing yellow arrow allows waiting motorists to make a left turn after yielding to oncoming traffic.

The flashing yellow arrow allows left-turns but at the same time communicates the “caution” message to drivers.  Flashing yellow arrow traffic signals feature a flashing yellow arrow in addition to the standard red, yellow and green arrows. 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 Tuesday, September 23, VDOT will begin the flashing yellow arrow operations at the intersections to provide additional guidance to drivers.  The flashing yellow arrow is currently in use at the entrances to Glen Allen High School in Henrico and Manchester High School in Chesterfield.


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