Noack, Beasley add flashing signals to traffic repertoire

Prototype of new traffic signal.

The Woodlands, March 13 – Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack and his Operations Manager, the spry and talented Matthew Beasley, announced today that they are furthering their efforts to reduce traffic cost-effectively by installing new flashing yellow lights at three intersections in south Montgomery County.

“This upgrade will help decrease wait time and eliminate congestion at these intersections,” announced Commissioner Noack. “The flashing yellow is a much more visible indication that the turn is not protected and to yield before making a left-hand turn.”

Noack, Beasley, and their crew installed flashing yellow signals at the following intersections:

  •   Woodlands Parkway and Ashlane Way
  •   South Mill Bend and Sawdust Road
  •   Bear Branch and Research Forest DriveThe arrows mean the following:
  • Steady red arrow means Stop, No Left Turns Allowed.
  • Steady yellow arrow means Prepare to Stop.
  • Flashing yellow arrow means Left Turns Allowed, But Must Yield to Oncoming Traffic.
  • Steady green arrow means = Left Turns Allowed and Protected.

Beasley explained, “A left turn can be one of the most challenging actions a driver can undertake. Left turn signals have been designed to let drivers know when they can safely turn across oncoming traffic, but the wide variety to types of signals used across the country can be confusing. In particular, when drivers are shown a green turn signal, they may not understand that the turn is not protected and that they must yield to oncoming traffic.”

Charles Cobb, Precinct 3 Signals Director, noted, “Research has shown that the new Flashing Yellow Arrow signals are safer and more easily understood by drivers than the traditional ‘yield on green’ signals. These new signals provide additional opportunities for a driver to make a safe left turn than traditional signals.”

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