More flashing yellow arrows planned
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Expect to see more flashing yellow arrows at intersections throughout the valley.
Clark County said it plans to install another 60 signals beginning early next year in the second phase of a wider project aimed at expanding the flashing yellow light throughout the region.
While the signals are relatively new to the valley, the concept is not. When facing a flashing yellow arrow, drivers can turn as long as they yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians. Supporters say the signals reduce crashes and improve traffic flow.
"I like having the option to be able to go or not go instead of just having to sit there in these long, long lines," said driver Kady Bird.
Not everyone likes the lights. Critics call them confusing.
Drivers turned to Action News wondering who decides where the lights go and how many more we could see in the future.
So far, Clark County has installed about 85 signals within its jurisdiction, said county spokesman Dan Kulin. The lights are mainly in place at intersections where drivers were already allowed to make a turn on green after yielding, he said.
The city of Las Vegas has already added the signals to another 40 intersections, according to the Regional Transportation Commission.
Kulin said the county installed the first batch of lights thanks to state funding. The second phase is expected to start early next year.
"I think it'd be great to have some more yellow lights blinking so we can kind of sneak across safely," said Bird.
Beyond phase two, the county said future lights will likely be decided on a case-by-case basis. The signals are popping up in cities around the county and each municipality must decide where to place them. Traffic engineers will likely consider factors such as speed, road size and safety when reviewing intersections. Kulin said funding will be another factor.
Up to 400 signals are expected to be in place throughout the valley in the coming years. Locally, Henderson installed the first signal in 2009.
A study between 1993 and 2003 from the Federal Highway Administration shows the lights prevent or reduce crashes. The flashing yellow arrow is currently in use in 43 states.