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.