New traffic light installed on Taylor Road

Roseville gets a new flashing yellow traffic light

A new traffic light has been installed in the City of Roseville at the intersection of Golfland Sunsplash Road and Taylor Road. The new signal went into effect on Thursday 17 November and is designed to assist motorists and pedestrians.

The traffic light is a flashing yellow arrow towards the left to reduce wait times when traffic is clear. Another flashing yellow left turn indicator will be added in the other direction when a new Golfland Sunsplash car park opens in spring 2023.

Yellow Arrow Signals Flash Date in Roseville, California

  • The first flashing yellow arrow signal on Industrial Avenue and Freedom Way was added in 2016
  • Several flashing yellow arrow signs have been installed along Foothills Boulevard in 2020
  • More flashing yellow arrow signals along Junction Boulevard were added in 2021
  • The latest flashing yellow arrow signal is installed on Taylor Road in 2022

with a flashing yellow arrow pointing to the left

A flashing yellow left arrow means turning left with caution after yielding to oncoming vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. Before entering an intersection, look for any oncoming traffic, pedestrians, or cyclists as they will have the right-of-way. Once drivers decide it is safe, they may turn left.

The flashing yellow arrow will not be active when nearby schools start and end. The signal will switch to protected turns only when the pedestrian button is activated.

Traffic light configuration

After extensive testing, the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) authorized the use of the flashing yellow arrows nationwide in December 2009. This traffic light configuration has been successfully implemented in other states and is now being used in California.

A study conducted by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program found that motorists made fewer errors using the new flashing left-turn yellow arrows than they did with traditional signal configurations.

  • Safer: New traffic lights keep motorists safe in heavy traffic. A national study found that left-facing flashing yellow arrow signals are easier to understand than traditional green return signals.
  • Less delay: Blinking yellow arrow signals reduce delays when traffic is light. There are more chances for drivers to turn left with the flashing yellow left direction arrow than with the traditional red, yellow and green indicators.
  • More flexibility: Traffic engineers have more options to deal with changing traffic volumes with the new flashing yellow arrow signals.

What each arrow indicates

The flashing yellow arrows were used in the past only when the entire traffic light was in flash mode. Now the flashing yellow arrow means you can enter the intersection with caution.

  • Solid Red Arrow: When a solid red arrow is displayed, drivers must not enter an intersection to turn. Motorists turning left must stop and wait.
  • Solid yellow arrow: A solid yellow arrow means that the left turn signal is about to change to red. Drivers must prepare to stop or complete a left turn if they are already inside the intersection and there is no conflict in traffic.
  • Solid Green Arrow: Drivers turning left have the right of way, and oncoming traffic has a red light.
  • Flashing yellow arrow: Motorists may turn left after giving way to pedestrians and oncoming traffic.

Watch the YouTube video: flashing yellow arrow. The video below provides more detail on how to proceed when drivers approach a flashing yellow arrow at an intersection.

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