Flashing Yellow Arrow Signals

Across Rhode Island we are planning to make use of a new type of signal that uses a flashing yellow arrow. At first glance they don't look much different compared with a traditional signal with a left-turn arrow, but they have been proven to improve safety and move traffic more efficiently at intersections.

Why Use Them?

Safety: A national study demonstrated drivers had fewer crashes with flashing yellow left-turn arrows than with traditional signals.

Minimize Delays: Motorists have more opportunities to make a left turn with the flashing yellow left-turn arrow than with the traditional yielding left-turn indications, which keeps traffic moving.

Flexiblty: The new yellow flashing turn display provides more options to most effectively handle all types of traffic volume and reduce traffic back-ups.

How Do They Work?

Red Arrow Steady Red Arrow: Stop and wait.
Red Arrow Steady Yellow Arrow: Prepare to stop. Signal is changing.
Red Arrow Flashing Yellow Arrow: Proceed with left turn after yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians. Oncoming traffic has a green light.
Red Arrow Steady Green Arrow: Proceed with left turn. Oncoming traffic has a red light.

Additional Information

  • Our first Flashing Yellow Arrow Signal was installed on Route 3 (Tiogue Avenue) in Coventry.
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  • Our second Flashing Yellow Arrow Signal was installed at the intersection of Route 1 (Post Road) and Langworthy Road in Westerly.
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