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Buffalo area gets its first traffic light with flashing yellow arrow

Western New York's first traffic signal with a flashing yellow arrow has been installed by the state Department of Transportation at the busy intersection of Delaware and Kenmore avenues, on the border of the City of Buffalo and the Town of Tonawanda.

As part of the $2 million rehabilitation project of Delaware Avenue, the funky signal is expected to become operational in the next few weeks.

The DOT has installed traffic signals with a flashing yellow arrow at 61 other locations where there is an exclusive right or left turn lane with a protected green arrow, which allows motorists to turn while oncoming traffic is stopped.

Motorist will be given the familiar green arrow to turn left, then a solid yellow arrow to warn that the signal is about to turn to a red arrow. An added flashing yellow signal follows the red arrow signal to allow a driver an additional chance to turn left if there is no oncoming traffic or pedestrians in the way. The light will then display a second solid yellow arrow before returning to a red arrow.

Drivers on both Delaware Avenue (Route 384) and Kenmore Avenue who are turning left may see the flashing yellow arrow.

On an average weekday a total of 56,000 vehicles pass through the intersection of Delaware Avenue and Kenmore Avenue, according to DOT traffic studies.

These types of traffic signals are becoming more common in New York and other states. New York has installed 62 of these signals, with the first put in Binghamton in 2011.

The signal at Delaware and Kenmore was part of a $2 million maintenance project to resurface and improve intersection safety along Delaware Avenue, from Nottingham Terrace to Kenmore Avenue, which included replacing traffic signal detectors and new pavement markings.


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