What's a flashing yellow turn signal?

Sep 20, 2017

The New York State Department of Transportation has installed new traffic signals at the intersection of Delaware Avenue and Kenmore Avenue on the Buffalo-Kenmore border. New traffic signals are not normally big news, but these are - as they are the only ones of their kind in Western New York.

The new signals feature a flashing yellow arrow phase.

"The flashing yellow arrow will allow motorists more time to make turns, improving intersection efficiency and saving commuters both time and fuel," said the DOT.

Credit New York City Department of Transportation

However, it reminds drivers that pedestrians crossing the road always have the right-of-way over turning vehicles.

The new signals are located in the left-turn lanes at Delaware and Kenmore. The DOT said they were installed as part of a $2 million project to resurface and improve intersection safety along Delaware Avenue.

Traffic signals featuring a flashing yellow arrow phase will be installed at more locations as intersection improvements are made. With the installation in Western New York, there are now 62 flashing yellow arrow signals across New York State.

The video below was created by the New York City Department of Transportation to explain flashing yellow turn signals and related rules of the road: