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Traffic signal improvements to make Juneau safer

Posted: September 6, 2012 - 6:00am

Juneau Empire News Brief

Eight Juneau intersections are being updated with flashing yellow arrow signals, which take the place of left-turn-only green arrow signals where turning cars must yield to oncoming traffic, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities announced Tuesday.

Jeremy Woodrow, who handles much of the department’s communications, said recently that the FYA signals have been shown to be safer than the green arrows on left turns which require drivers to yield.

“Drivers see that green signal come on, and they think that green means go, and they go,” said Woodrow of the old signals.

Juneau was home to the first FYA signal in June 2009 at the intersection of Whittier Street and Egan Drive.

Since then, another 50 intersections throughout the state have been identified to receive the enhanced traffic signal.

“Safety is one of our department’s missions,” said Al Clough, DOT&PF Southeast Region Director. “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.

Main Street and Egan Drive, Glacier Highway and Jordan Avenue, and Mendenhall Loop Road and Valley Boulevard are among the intersections to get the new FYA signals. Below is a full list of intersections where the new signal is being or has been installed.

• Main Street & Egan Drive 

•  Glacier Highway (Lemon Road) & Anka Street 

•  Glacier Highway (Lemon Road) & Sunny Point Way 

•  Glacier Highway & Jordan Avenue 

• Glacier Highway & Shell Simmons Drive 

•  Riverside Drive & Vintage Drive 

•  Riverside Drive & Riverwood Drive 

• Mendenhall Loop Road & Valley Boulevard

Elsewhere in the Southeast region, two FYA signals are also being installed in Ketchikan, and one FYA signal is being placed in Sitka.

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