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Safety Features to Be Upgraded on Area Intersections
Contact: Marcus Sandifer
Phone: (903) 799-1306
Date: Feb. 24, 2017

ATLANTA – Three intersections on area highways will have improvements made to their traffic control systems this year, according to plans approved in February by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

“The signal lights at the intersection of US 271 at Loop 179 in Pittsburg in Camp County and at US 259 at SH 154 in Gilmer in Upshur County will be upgraded to add a new feature—a flashing yellow arrow light,” said Rebecca Wells, district traffic engineer for TxDOT in Atlanta. “The left-turn signals will have a green arrow, a flashing yellow arrow, a steady yellow arrow and a red arrow.

“A steady green arrow means motorists can safely make a left turn as oncoming traffic has a red light. A flashing yellow arrow means left turns are allowed, but turning motorists must yield to oncoming traffic, which now has a green light. A steady yellow arrow means prepare to stop, and a steady red arrow, of course, means stop,” Wells said.

The flashing yellow arrow replaces the solid green ball light that meant the same thing, but sometimes confused drivers who thought they still had a protected left turn.

The flashing yellow arrow signals are the result of a nationwide study by the Federal Highway Administration that amended the federal standards for left-turn signals. 

The signals will also have video cameras attached to computerized systems that identify when traffic is approaching the intersection and change the signal lights accordingly in order to move traffic more efficiently.

“We will also be installing additional street lights leading up to the signalized intersections in Pittsburg,” Wells said. “And we will be adding advanced warning signs at both of these intersections.”

Another intersection at SH 315 and FM 1970 in Clayton in Panola County will have the flashing beacon system upgraded, while advanced warning signs and safety lighting will be added to the intersection.

Striping Technology of Tyler was awarded the contract for these traffic control projects with a bid of $648,436.

Work on the projects should begin in May and take about eight months to complete, Wells said.


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