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Crews Install Blinking Arrow at Albertville Intersection

Don't be confused by the blinking yellow arrow.

Yes, the arrow's supposed to be blinking.

No, it doesn't mean you have a protected turn. It means "yield for oncoming traffic" before turning.

That's the message city and county officials want to get across about the new signal installed today at Wright County Highways 19 and 37 in Albertville.

"It's, arguably, the county's busiest," said Sheriff Joe Hagerty of the intersection. "And it's one of the worst for accidents."

City officials are hoping that will all change with the $30,000 signal, which will also have the traditional green arrow for protected turns.

The lights were installed through an agreement between Wright County and Albertville. They will be monitored, and the city may decide to use them and other intersections along busy Wright County 19, including the intersection at 50th Street Northeast.

Meghan Gutzwiller December 01, 2011 at 03:38 AM
how are these blinking yellow lights supposed to be different/help more than the former way of having a protected turn arrow followed by a green light that allows for left turns? Whether it's a blinking yellow arrow or just a green light (but no green arrow) you do the same thing: yield to oncoming traffic. I guess I just don't get the difference?
Larry Sorensen December 01, 2011 at 04:06 AM
Hi Meghan, Our City Engineer and MnDot informed us that studies have shown this type of signal improves safety and reduces congestion. The blinking yellow light can help make drivers more aware that they must yield versus the traditional green ball. Plus, the software for this system is more flexible and can handle different traffic volumes more efficiently, which in itself may help with the safety concern. This type of signal is being used in Rogers and elsewhere with good results so far. It sounds like this will be the MnDot norm for new construction projects. I certainly hope this helps with the safety... there have been way too many accidents on 19. Here is a link that describes the flashing yellow signal system in more detail: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/trafficeng/signals/flashingyellowarrow.html
Meghan Gutzwiller December 01, 2011 at 04:29 AM
good to know...thanks for the additional info, Larry!
Guy December 01, 2011 at 06:12 AM
They need to put these at the intersections on 241 east of 19. Sitting at one of the lights for 10 minutes with no traffic to go to the market is insane. I started turning left at the Cashwise because I know it's faster. It's mostly a solid green ball. I had even thought it would be a good idea to make 241 lights yellow flashers with red flashing on the cross streets during off peak hours.
Joy K December 01, 2011 at 03:33 PM
Now maybe they can install a fake pedestrian at each cross walk that starts to walk across the street and let drivers hit them. Maybe it will teach 99.9 percent of the drivers out there that you MUST stop at a pedestrian cross walk when someone is there. It is the LAW. I am so tired of seeing drivers, especially on 241 past 19 not stopping when I am out walking. In the last 3 months that I have started walking outside, only one driver has stopped.

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