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Grand Forks street gets new type of turn signal

When construction on South Washington Street in Grand Forks is finished, drivers will see a new type of turn signal.

At intersections with stoplights, flashing yellow arrows pointing left will indicate that drivers making a left turn must yield to oncoming traffic. The yield signal is currently a steady green light.


Protected left turns will still be indicated by a steady green arrow. A steady yellow arrow will indicate that the light is about to change to red, which still means stop.

The changes are coming to intersections on Washington at 40th Avenue South, 28th Avenue South, 24th Avenue South, Campbell Drive and 17th Avenue South, said Jane Williams, city traffic engineer.

According to city staff, flashing yellow arrows are becoming a national standard because they are considered safer than the solid green light. Before the new turn signals start operations, city staff plans to provide the public with informational publications and post signs at the new turn signals to explain how they work.

The change is being made on South Washington because the repair work there is mostly funded by the state Department of Transportation, according to city staff.

In the future, the city will install more of these flashing arrows as needed while phasing into the new standard, Williams said.

The South Washington project is expected to be complete by early September.

Charly Haley

Charly Haley covers city government for the Grand Forks Herald. As night reporter, she also has many general assignments. Before working at the Herald, she was a reporter at the Jamestown Sun and interned at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Detroit Lakes Newspapers and the St. Cloud Times. Haley is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, and her hometown is Sartell, Minn.