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If you’ve ever waited in line at a left hand turn signal, missed the arrow and then had to wait for the next cycle, you’re not alone. Being stuck at a red left hand turn signal when there’s no oncoming traffic is especially frustrating. Starting this January 2020, drivers in Boca Raton will have the opportunity to experience the first of several Flashing Yellow Arrows (FYA) that will be installed at certain intersections throughout the City. The City’s Traffic Engineering Division recently installed a new flashing yellow arrow (FYA) signal at the intersection of NW 2nd Avenue at NW 20th Street, which will allow north and southbound motorists to make a left turn if there is a safe gap in traffic. At FYA signals, motorists must yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians and then proceed to make a left turn with caution.
Although the FYA traffic signal has been used nationwide for more than 10 years, including in over 100 locations in Florida, the FYA signal is new to Boca Raton as well as areas all throughout Palm Beach County. The FYA signals provide multiple benefits to motorists and pedestrians. According to national data provided by the Federal Highway Administration, FYA signals can reduce left-turn crashes as much as 20%, they keep traffic moving by offering drivers more opportunities to make left turns and they are easier to understand for motorists as to when to make a left turn. Residents will be able to identify the intersections with FYA signals by signs indicating “Left turn YIELD on flashing yellow arrow.” The signs were created by the City of Boca Raton’s traffic sign shop.
The Traffic Engineering Division in Boca Raton is committed to ensuring improved safety and operational efficiency to the motoring public as they work to roll out the new, innovative signals citywide. The Division will continue to review every signalized intersection in the city to determine where FYA signals should be installed. This effort will be done in conjunction with the Division’s Signal Retiming Program, which aims to continually enhance signal coordination timing plans on every corridor in the City. There are a number of other intersections that will also be upgraded or built due to maintenance needs that will include the FYA signal.
For more information on the Traffic Engineering Division, and this multi year program, contact the Traffic Division at 561-416-3385. To get a better understanding of how the flashing yellow arrow signals work, view Florida Department of Transportation’s video.