Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Press Release: Traffic signal changes keep traffic moving smoother day and night

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August 5, 2008  
Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Government Affairs Manager
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211
Rick Perez
City Traffic Engineer

Traffic signal changes keep traffic moving smoother day and night

Federal Way traffic lights are getting a little flashier. The City just added another flashing yellow left turn signal and is also increasing the number of intersections with yellow/red night flashers. These changes improve traffic flow and increase safety.

More flashing yellow left-turn signals
The new flashing yellow left turn signal, at Military Road South and South 288th Street, will be the third one in Federal Way. The first two were installed last year at the intersections of South 336th Street and 9th Avenue South, and SR 99 and 312th Avenue South. The signals were placed after a national study showed they help prevent crashes and keep traffic moving. Data taken at the intersection of 336th and 9th shows a 47 percent reduction in collisions.

Expanded night-flash program
The next time you’re driving through Federal Way at night you won’t see as many traditional green-yellow-red light cycles. The City has added yellow flashing traffic signals at night to the major approaches at 20 intersections. Yellow flashing lights, operated on weekdays between 11:30 p.m. and 5 a.m., allow drivers to proceed cautiously through an intersection without making a complete stop. As always, any intersection that flashes red requires drivers to come to a complete stop before proceeding.

With reduced traffic volumes at night, the City can help drivers eliminate unnecessary complete stops, which also improves traffic flow, reduces emissions and saves on gas.

Click here for the original press release (PDF)



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