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Why isn’t there a blinking yellow light at Carolina Beach Road and Silva Terra Drive instead of a left green arrow?

Ken Little

Q. Why isn’t there a blinking yellow light at the intersection of Carolina Beach Road and Silva Terra Drive, to allow drivers to make a left turn from Carolina Beach Road onto Silva Terra when heading north? Currently you have to wait for the left green arrow, but a blinking yellow light would be quicker and not force traffic heading south on Carolina Beach Road to stop.

A. A request to look into the situation at the intersection was recently made by another citizen, and an investigation about installing a blinking yellow light had already been completed, said Jessi Booker, N.C. Department of Transportation Division 3 deputy division traffic engineer.

No timetable for the installation of a flashing yellow light is apparently in place, although preliminary steps are in the works.

“This installation would improve the functions of the intersection, allowing left turns to proceed if it was clear. However, we want to construct the left turn bays to be offset prior to proceeding with this modification,” Booker said.

“With the current lane configuration, if there are vehicles in the opposing left turn lane, your sight distance is blocked, which causes safety concerns. We are currently pursuing offset lefts in this area that will address the safety concerns and allow for flashing yellow arrows in the future,” she said.


Why don’t downtown traffic lights flash red on cross streets and orange on main roads after 8?

Which driver has the right of way while turning at a traffic signal?


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