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New upgrades for flashing yellow arrows make left turns safer for pedestrians and drivers

Posted at 2:25 AM, Jun 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-25 07:54:27-04

GARDEN CITY, Idaho — The Ada County Highway District (ACHD) is releasing new software and controller upgrades this week to traffic signals with flashing yellow arrows. The software will help eliminate potential conflict between vehicles turning on a flashing yellow arrow and pedestrians trying to cross the road.

With these upgrades, when a pedestrian push button is active, vehicles will not get a flashing yellow turn arrow while pedestrians have the signal to cross.

“This is a relatively new software upgrade, and as soon as it was made available to us, we jumped on bringing it to Ada County,” said, Gary Inselman, ACHD Deputy Director of Development and Technical Services. “Safety is our top priority, so anytime we have an opportunity to make the roads safer we take it.”

The first intersection to receive these upgrades will be Adams Street and Veteran's Memorial Parkway in Garden City. This will begin on Tuesday, June 25. Over the next few weeks, four more signals will be upgraded. All intersections with flashing yellow arrows will be upgraded over next year.

A 63-year-old man died earlier this month after being hit by another vehicle turning on a blinking yellow arrow.