You may have begun to notice a new style of left-turn signal on Michigan’s roads. Placed OVER the left-turn lane at a signalized intersection, this new signal display includes a flashing yellow arrow.
In coming years, this type of signal will replace all flashing red left-turn signals that are now common.
How will it work?
In most locations, the flashing yellow arrow will be part of a four-arrow signal. In areas where this is not possible, the bottom of a three-arrow signal will display either the flashing yellow arrow or a steady green arrow.
To see how the signal works click on the following FLASHNG YELLOW ARROW
Typical Flashing Yellow Arrow Operation for a Four-Arrow Display:
Interval 1: FLASHING YELLOW ARROW allows you to turn left when oncoming traffic is clear (oncoming traffic has a green light). You must carefully determine that there is an adequate gap in the oncoming traffic and ensure that there are no pedestrian conflicts, before making your turn.
Interval 2: STEADY GREEN ARROW allows you to turn left. Proceed with caution. (At intersections equipped with vehicle detection cameras or in-pavement sensors, this sequence may be skipped if there are no left-turning vehicles.)
Interval 3: STEADY YELLOW ARROW warns you that the left-turn signal is about to change to red and that you should prepare to stop – or prepare to complete your left turn if you are legally within the intersection and there is no conflicting traffic present.
Interval 4: STEADY RED ARROW requires you to stop and wait during this interval.
Flashing yellow arrow: Left turns permitted. Yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians. [Oncoming traffic has a green light.]
|Green arrow: Safe to turn left. [Oncoming traffic must stop.]|
|Steady yellow arrow: The left-turn signal is about to change to red; prepare to stop, or prepare to complete your left turn if you are within the intersection.|