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Watertown Signals Using Flashing Yellow Arrows
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For Immediate Release: Monday, Sept. 17, 2012

Contact: Ron Sherman, 605-882-5166


Watertown Signals Using Flashing Yellow Arrows


WATERTOWN, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists that newly installed traffic lights in Watertown will use the new flashing yellow arrow as part of the signal system.


A flashing yellow arrow means left turns are permitted, but drivers must first yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians before proceeding with caution. The system replaces the solid green “ball” indication as a signal for motorists to proceed through an intersection.


The solid yellow arrow means motorists should prepare to stop or complete left turns if already in the intersection.


The first flashing yellow arrow signal in Watertown is located on Highway 212 at the junction of the Interstate 29 northbound ramps and is already active.


A second signal that will display the flashing yellow arrow is located on the west edge of Watertown at the junction of Highway 212 and Highway 20. That signal is expected to be operational in a few weeks.


The change to flashing yellow arrows is the result of a national study done for the Federal Highway Administration which demonstrated that the new signals help reduce left turn crashes by 35 percent.


For more information, contact Ron Sherman at 605-882-5166.


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