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New left turn signal being installed Thursday in CS

POSTED: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 4:11pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 2:47pm

COLLEGE STATION -- Heads up for drivers: a new traffic light is coming to Bryan-College Station that many have never seen before.

Lauren Holman spoke with TxDOT today to find out how it works so you aren't confused on the way to work or school tomorrow when the light goes active.

We're all used to seeing the regular green, yellow and red traffic lights but come tomorrow drivers will have a new signal to pay attention to.

"The new light that everyone will see is the flashing yellow arrow," said Bob Colwell with TxDOT.

Starting at 1:00 Thursday afternoon, TxDOT crews will begin installing the flashing yellow arrow lights at the intersection of Harvey Mitchell Parkway or FM 2818 and George Bush Drive.

"What it means is that you have the right to turn but you have to watch for oncoming traffic," said Colwell."They have the right away so you must yield to make your left turn."

The lights may be new to the area but Colwell says they're used all over the United States because research has shown they help reduce the number of crashes.

"The signal is safer, more effective and presents a more consistent approach to signalization of left turns so we're just trying to get like the other states."

Installation will take several hours but Colwell says the lights will be up and running by the time you commute home from work.

TxDOT plans to upgrade the rest of the signals when more funding becomes available.
 

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