Left turn light changes coming to region: Watch for the blinking yellow

The News Star: OUACHITA PARISH, La - A new traffic light configuration is coming to 71 intersections in Ouachita Parish this summer.

The new four light modules take the place of the traditional five-signal heads currently used at intersections with a protected left turn.

A flashing yellow arrow will replace the solid green bulb that indicates a left turn should yield on green. Driver's facing a flashing yellow arrow should enter an intersection with caution and yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians, according to a LA-DOTD informational bulletin.

Erin Buchanan, public information director for the LA-DOTD, said the new lights are a Federal Highway Administration requirement. Ouachita Parish will be the first location in the Monroe district to see the new units, which will eventually be installed statewide.

Studies conducted at the national level found drivers were more likely to see teh flashing yellow turn arrow and yield to oncoming traffic, which Buchanan said improves safety and traffic flow.

A definite date for installation has not been set, but Buchanan said a preconstruction meeting was held Tuesday in advance of a public meeting Wednesday. It is anticipated lights could start going up as early as July.

As the lights are introduced in additional parishes in the coming months, a public meeting will be held in each location to address citizen questions and concerns.

WHAT THE NEW LIGHTS MEAN:

Solid red arrow: Red means stop. No turns are allowed.

Solid yellow arrow: Prepare to stop.

Flashing yellow arrow: Driver may make a left turn if there is no oncoming traffic, pedestrian or cyclist.

Solid green arrow: Driver has the right-of-way to make a left turn.

NEW LIGHT LOCATIONS

U.S. 165

  • U.S. 165 Business (Ouachita Avenue) at South Third Street

  • U.S. 165 at Louisiana 15 (Winnsboro Road)

  • U.S. 165 at Renwick Street

  • U.S. 165 at Breard Street/DeSoto Street

  • U.S. 165 at LA-553/Fortune Drive

  • U.S. 165 at Richwood Road #1

  • U.S. 165 at Ticheli Road

  • U.S. 165 Business (Lea Joyner Expressway) at Wood Street

  • U.S. 165 at Dellwood Drive

  • U.S. 165 at Medical Park/Garden Lane

  • U.S. 165 at LA 134/Keystone Road

  • U.S. 165 at LA 840-6 (Forsythe Extension)

  • U.S. 165 at Scott Street (Sterlington Elementary School)

  • U.S. 165 at Technology Drive

  • U.S. 165 at CenturyLink Boulevard

  • U.S. 165 Business (Lea Joiner Expressway) at 1-20 Westbound off-ramp

U.S. 80

  • U.S. 80 (Louisville Avenue) at Riverside Drive

  • U.S. 80 (Louisville Avenue)  at Third Street

  • U.S. 80 (Louisville Avenue)  at Fourth Street

  • U.S. 80 (Louisville Avenue) at Fifth Street

  • U.S. 80 (Louisville Avenue) at North 18th Street

  • U.S. 80 (Louisville Avenue)  at Oliver Road

  • U.S. 80 (Louisville Avenue) at Twin City Plaza

  • U.S. 80 (Louisville Avenue) at Breard Street

  • U.S. 80 (Louisville Avenue) at Betin Street

  • U.S. 80 (Louisville Avenue) at DeSiard Street

  • U.S. 80 (Louisville Avenue) at Hibatchi Grill

  • U.S. 80 (DeSiard Street) at Stadium Drive

  • U.S. 80 (DeSiard Street) at U.S. 165 Southbound off-ramp

  • U.S. 80 (DeSiard Street) at University Avenue

  • U.S. 80 at Sherrouse

  • U.S. 80 (Cypress Street) at Downing Pines Road/Norris Lane

  • U.S. 80 (Cypress Street) at LA-617 (Thomas Road)/Splane Drive

  • U.S. 80 (Cypress Street) at LA-143 (North Seventh Street)

  • U.S. 80 (Cypress Street) at LA-3249 (Well Road)/Wallace-Dean Road

  • U.S. 80 (Cypress Street) at LA 617 (Warren Drive)

  • U.S. 80 (DeSiard Street) at DeSiard Plaza/Sandel Drive

  • U.S. 80 (DeSiard Street) at US 165 Northbound off-ramp

  • U.S. 80 (DeSiard Street)/LA 139 at U.S. 80/Beasley Street

  • U.S. 80 (Louisville Avenue) at Lamy Lane/Washington Street

  • U.S. 80 at LA 594 (Millhaven Road/Love Road)

  • U.S. 80 (Cypress Street) at Wallace Road/Netherland Street

U.S. 840-6

  • LA-840-6 (Forsythe Avenue) at North 18th Street

  • LA-840-6 (Forsythe Avenue) at Oliver Road

  • LA-840-6 (Forsythe Avenue) at Loop Road

Louisiana 34

  • LA-34 at LA-840-1 (Smith Street)

  • LA-34 at Old Natchitoches Road

  • LA-34 (Mill Street) at LA-143 (North Seventh Street)

  • LA-34 at Riverwood's Truck Entrance

  • LA-34 at Riverwood's Main Entrance

Louisiana 617

  • LA-617 (Thomas Road) at Glenwood Drive

  • LA-617 (Thomas Road) at McMillan Road

  • LA-617 (Thomas Road) at I-20 Westbound off-ramp

  • LA-617 (Thomas Road) at LA 34/Tim Street

  • LA-617 (Thomas Road) at Downing Pines Road/Old Natchitoches Road

Louisiana 594

  • LA-594 (Millhaven Road) at Kansas Lane/Pecanland Mall Drive

  • LA 594 (Texas Avenue) at I-20 Westbound off-ramp

  • LA 594 (Millhaven Road) at Powell Avenue

  • LA 594 at Garrett

  • LA 594 at MLK

Louisiana 15

  • LA-15 (South Second Street) at U.S. 165 Bus (Ouachita Avenue)

  • LA-15 (Winnsboro Road) at South Sixth Street

  • LA 15/LA 616 (Arkansas road) at LA 15 (Cheniere Drew Road)

Other

  • LA-143 (North Seventh Street) at McMillan Road

  • LA-2 at High Avenue

  • LA-840-6 (Forsythe Avenue) at Deborah Drive

  • LA-139 at Rowland Drive/Bayou Oaks Drive

  • LA-617 (Thomas Road) at Constitution Drive

  • Garrett Road. at I-20 South Service Road/Lowe's Entrance

  • North 18th at Tower


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