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* News Release *
 
Monday, August 24, 2015
For Immediate Release

COUNTY'S FIRST FLASHING YELLOW ARROW LEFT-TURN SIGNALS
NOW IN OPERATION

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens reports that the County's first left-turn signals with four-arrow display are now operational at Tylersville Road and Kingsgate Way / Dudley Drive. Installation of the signals is in conjunction with a roadway project designed to improve traffic flow along Tylersville Road from I-75 to Cox Road. That project is expected to wrap up in September.

"The new type of signal is placed over a left turn lane at a signalized intersection, in this case, the east and westbound left turn lanes from Tylersville onto Kingsgate Way and Dudley Drive," said Wilkens. The display includes a flashing yellow arrow, something new to Ohio drivers. Other displays on the signal are steady green, yellow, and red arrows. The new flashing yellow arrow indicates that drivers are allowed to turn left after yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians versus a steady yellow arrow which means that the left turn signal is about to turn red and drivers should prepare to stop.

This federally approved signal has been successfully implemented in other states, including Kentucky, Indiana, and Michigan, and is now being installed in Ohio and nationwide. Benefits include more efficient and safer traffic flow, and, as the new signals become more widespread throughout the United States, motorists experience more consistency. BCEO Traffic Engineer Matt Loeffler said the new signals on Tylersville provide more flexibility and can be adjusted to accommodate varying traffic patterns. Initially, the flashing yellow arrow will be utilized during off-peak hours and gradually phased in as needed during peak rush hours.

Wilkens advises local motorists who may not be familiar with the new signals to approach with ease and simply allow some time to get used to them. He said the County is planning to install more in the near future. The BCEO is also making available for download an ODOT-produced brochure which fully explains this new type of signal so drivers can easily familiarize themselves. Please click on the link below to download the PDF.

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For more information contact:

Chris Petrocy, BCEO Public Information Supervisor
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S., Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 • Fax 513.867.5849


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