Left turn traffic signal receives makeover
Red left arrow to replace solid red indicator
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Monday, June 4, 2012) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 is beginning the process of switching 21 protected-only left turn signals at nine intersections in Belmont, Columbiana, and Tuscarawas counties due to changes in federal regulations.
Currently, as motorists approach a designated left turn lane, the signal transitions from a green arrow to a yellow arrow, and then to a solid red circle. The new signal will transition from a green arrow to a yellow arrow and then to a red arrow. Drivers CANNOT turn on red arrows.
Installation of the new red arrows will take place statewide as older versions are scheduled for routine replacement at a cost of about $26 per signal. Altogether, 643 protected-only left turn signals at nearly 400 intersections throughout the state will be changed.
This change is part of the 2009 Federal Highway Manual Uniform of Traffic Control Devices which requires “protected-only” left turn signals to have red arrows replace all circular red indicators. The purpose of the change is to enhance uniformity and eliminate “left turn signal” signs.
ODOT began installing the red arrows across the state in April as part of its annual systematic signal improvement program. In eastern Ohio, these changes will begin in the near future and should be completed by early fall.
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
For more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us