Traffic Signal Changes Coming To The Xenia Ave/Golden Hills Dr Intersection
May 29, 2014
A new type of left turn indication, the flashing yellow arrow, is now operating at Xenia Ave and Golden Hills Dr, replacing the more traditional left turn indication. The Xenia Ave/Golden Hills Dr intersection will be the second in Golden Valley to have flashing yellow arrows (Winnetka Ave/Golden Valley Rd was the first in 2012).
The flashing yellow arrow allows drivers to turn left when there is a safe gap in oncoming traffic, similar to left turns controlled by a solid green ball indication. When making a left turn on a flashing yellow arrow, drivers must yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians in the crosswalk.
The flashing yellow arrow provides more flexibility to efficiently serve various traffic conditions. During heavy peak traffic times, when sight lines for left turning traffic are reduced, the signal can operate in the traditional red, yellow, green arrow mode, in which vehicles are allowed to turn left only on a green arrow. During lower volume off-peak traffic times, the flashing yellow arrow permits traffic to turn left after yielding to oncoming vehicles or pedestrians in the crosswalk. The signal’s main benefit is a shorter wait time for left-turning vehicles.
Use of the flashing yellow arrow will continue to expand as traffic signals are replaced, upgraded, or installed. For more information on flashing yellow arrows, watch the video on this page or visit the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MnDOT) website.
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