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More Flashing Yellow Traffic Signals to be Installed

(JUNEAU, Alaska) – Eleven new flashing yellow arrow (FYA) left-turn traffic signals are being installed throughout Alaska’s southeast region.  Research has shown that these signals are safer, better understood than existing left-turn signals, and can reduce traffic delays at busy intersections.

Juneau was home to the first FYA signal in June 2009 at the intersection of Whittier and Egan Drive.  Since then, another fifty intersections throughout the state have been identified to receive the enhanced traffic signal.

“Safety is one of our department’s missions,” said Al Clough, Southeast Region Director for the Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF).  “We are always looking for ways to reduce crashes and improve the flow of traffic. The yellow flashing light reminds drivers to yield to oncoming traffic and if the lane is clear, then they can turn left.”

Drivers can view a full intersection animation illustrating how left-turning traffic is controlled with the FYA at: www.dot.state.ak.us/stwddes/dcstraffic/fya/index.shtml

The new FYA signals are located at the following intersections: 

Juneau

  • Main St. & Egan
  • Glacier Hwy (Lemon Rd) & Anka 
  • Glacier Hwy (Lemon Rd) & Sunny Point
  • Glacier Hwy & Jordan Ave
  • Glacier Hwy & Shell Simmons
  • Riverside & Vintage
  • Riverside & Riverwood
  • Mendenhall Loop & Valley Blvd.

 
Ketchikan

  • S. Tongass & Washington
  • S. Tongass & Carlanna Lake Rd

 
Sitka

  • Halibut Point Rd. & Katlian 


DOT&PF oversees 254 airports, 11 ferries serving 35 communities, 5,619 miles of highway and 720 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to Get Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.

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