Starting Monday, The Alabama Department of Transportation and City of Tuscaloosa will upgrade 14 traffic signals along 15th Street and Veterans Memorial Parkway (Highway 215).
The upgraded signals include a flashing yellow arrow designed to help drivers make safer left turns. ALDOT sites a 2016 study by the Illinois Center for
Transportation, which found flashing yellow arrows reduced left turn-related crashes by nearly 25 percent. The study found a crash reduction of 36 percent among drivers ages 16 - 21.
The upgraded signals will feature four arrows:
- Steady green arrow - Allows for a protected left turn where oncoming traffic must stop.
- Steady yellow arrow - Warns that the left turn signal is about to change to red.
- Steady red arrow - Means to stop; no left turn is permitted.
- Flashing yellow arrow - Indicates that left turns are permitted after yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.
The new signals will be installed at the following intersections along 15th Street/Veterans Memorial Parkway (Highway 215):
- 26th Avenue East
- Kicker Road (19th Avenue East)
- 13th Avenue East
- Mall Access
- 10th Avenue East
- 6th Avenue East
- Lake Avenue
- 2nd Avenue
- Hackberry Lane
- Parkview Drive
- 10th Avenue
- Queen City Avenue
- Greensboro Avenue
- Lurleen Wallace Boulevard South
ALDOT asks drivers to expect minor delays and use caution in the work zones.
Some other locations in Tuscaloosa have already received these upgraded traffic signals.