VDOT News - Fredericksburg
Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
March 12, 2018
FLASHING YELLOW ARROW COMING TO ADDITIONAL INTERSECTIONS IN STAFFORD, SPOTSYLVANIA
Drivers will see flashing yellow arrows installed as part of traffic signal displays at several intersections starting Sunday, March 18
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Flashing yellow arrows will be installed at several traffic signals in Stafford and Spotsylvania counties to help drivers turn left safely against oncoming traffic.
Traffic signal equipment will be fitted with flashing yellow arrows by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and its contractor at the following intersections between Sunday, March 18 and Friday, April 6:
- Route 2 (Tidewater Trail) and Route 608 (Benchmark Road) in Spotsylvania
- Route 2 (Tidewater Trail) and Route 1303 (Mansfield Drive) and Route 1999 (Shannon Park Drive) in Spotsylvania
- Route 2 (Tidewater Trail) at Route 756 (Lee Hill Drive and Joseph Mills Drive) in Spotsylvania
- Route 17 and Route 705 (Hartwood Road) in Stafford
- Route 8900 (Centreport Parkway) and the I-95 southbound on and off-ramps in Stafford
- Route 8900 (Centreport Parkway) and the I-95 northbound on and off-ramps in Stafford
All signal work will occur during overnight hours. Traffic will be able to pass through the intersection during each installation. Motorists can anticipate single lane closures between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. on evenings while signal work is underway, except for work at the Centreport Parkway intersections, where work will be scheduled between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Virginia State Police will assist with traffic control in the work zone.
What Drivers Will See
Signal heads at these intersections will display four arrows. The new flashing yellow arrow informs drivers that they have permission to make a left turn when it is safe to do so, but that oncoming traffic has the right-of-way.
Deciding whether to turn left against oncoming traffic is among the most challenging and high-risk decisions for drivers, according to the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP). Motorists must assess the speed and distance of the approaching traffic as they make the decision to turn left.
The research program initiated a study that assessed how drivers interpret symbols and signs for left turns, and found that a flashing yellow arrow was safer, better understood and obeyed more frequently.
VDOT has created a video demonstrating how to drive through a signal with a flashing yellow signal, available for viewing online at VDOT’s YouTube channel,
VDOT’s 14-county Fredericksburg District includes the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford in the Fredericksburg area; Northumberland, Richmond, Lancaster and Westmoreland counties in the Northern Neck; Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex counties in the Middle Peninsula
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