Good Question: What’s With The Yellow Arrow Turn Signal?

Originally posted on CBS Minnesota:

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – We’ve all been there.

You’re in a hurry and you’re practically begging that turn signal to change from red to green. Now, you may find yourself with a new option: the flashing yellow left turn signal.

That signal was recently installed at Highway 65 and Bunker Lake Boulevard in Ham Lake, and it’s one of 130 now in the state.

Minnesota put up the first flashing yellow arrow in in 2006. It was a pilot test, according to Jerry Kotzenmacher of MNDoT.

The flashing yellow arrow is a new option for drivers, Kotzenmacher said. Instead of waiting at a red arrow while traffic is green in the lane you are trying to turn across, the flashing yellow arrow gives you the go-ahead — just as long as it’s safe to turn.

“You are waiting for a lull in traffic and pedestrians, and…

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