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There's a new flashing signal coming to town

The City of Bryan is implementing a new traffic signal display to provide a safer, more efficient left turn for motorists. The Flashing Yellow Arrow (FYA) left-turn signal replaces the circular green indication for left turns at selected intersections. The Flashing Yellow Arrow permits drivers to turn left when oncoming traffic is clear. Drivers should yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians, and when it is safe, proceed with caution through the intersection.

So...what does this all mean? (Click on the different traffic signals below to find out.)

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Red Arrow

A Solid Red Arrow means STOP! Just like it always has. Drivers wanting to make a left-hand turn must stop.

FACT: Many other cities in Texas have instituted the Flashing Yellow Arrow with success. Waco, Houston, Austin, Tyler, San Antonio, and Arlington are just a few.

Yellow Arrow

A Solid Yellow Arrow indicates one of two things:
1.) This traffic signal will be turning red, and 2.) That other traffic is about to be given a green light.
(Do not assume oncoming traffic has a red light.)

FACT: The new signals are more efficient, and they provide traffic engineers with more options to handle variable traffic volumes.

Flashing Yellow Arrow

A Flashing Yellow Arrow means left turns are permitted, but you must first yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians, then proceed with caution.

FACT: National studies have shown that drivers make fewer mistakes with the new signals than with traditional traffic signals.

Green Arrow

A Solid Green Arrow means turn left. Oncoming traffic must stop.

FACT: The new traffic signal displays are more consistent and are being introduced throughout the United States. The Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices includes these signal displays as approved traffic control devices.

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new left-turn signal

How will we know the difference in intersections?

Intersections with the new Flashing Yellow Arrow will have signs indicating to "yield on flashing yellow arrow." Intersections that do not have this implemented will have the existing "yield on green" signs.

For more information about the Flashing Yellow Arrow, contact:
W. Paul Kaspar, P.E.
City Engineer
City of Bryan
Phone: (979) 209-5030

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GRAPHIC: Kenneth W. Smith Jr. - City of Bryan