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Cary using new signals to improve traffic safety

Posted December 15, 2009

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— Town crews on Tuesday began installing new traffic signals at five intersections to improve safety.

The signals have four lights for drivers making left turns at the intersections: solid turn arrows in green, yellow and red and a flashing yellow arrow. Drivers making a left turn when the flashing yellow arrow light is on must yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians, officials said.

The lights are being installed at the following intersections: Cary Parkway and Kildaire Farm Road, Cary Parkway and Bond Lake Drive/MacArthur Drive, Kildaire Farm Road and Ten Ten Road, Southeast Maynard Road and Cary Towne Boulevard and Walnut Street and the northbound ramps to U.S. Highway 1/64.

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  • chfdcpt Dec 16, 2009

    If those folks have problems trying to figure out when to make a left turn, they should go back and read the DMV driver's handbook.

  • james27613 Dec 15, 2009

    I remember driving in Quebec back in 1980 and they
    had similar traffic signals.

  • Leonardo Dec 15, 2009

    eliotjameson is right...these new lights are a good thing. Don't let your "I hate everything new" attitude get in the way of progress. And if you can't figure out that a flashing left turn signal means yield to oncoming traffic, then perhaps you should be re-examining whether or not you should be driving in the first place.

  • mcondor Dec 15, 2009

    My understanding is that the blinking left arrow is the _exact_ equivalent to the circular green. The idea is that the circular green makes the left turners think they have a full pass to turn left, while the flashing yellow arrow makes them aware of the actual state of affairs.

    Personally I think the flashing arrow thing is a bit stupid, but then again having a circular green which means - "only go when clear ie. yield"is a lot more stew-pid.

    - Mark

  • IzzMad2016 Dec 15, 2009

    csmac99 -- the town of Cary makes nothing on the fines that the red light cameras generate. After the camera operating company gets their cut, the balance is given to Wake County School system. The cameras are used to cut down on accidents, which they have, not generate revenue for the town.

    "From the $50 fine, RedFlex gets $30, and the Wake County Public School System receives $20. Through the end of fiscal year 2008 on June 30, the program had sent $311,012 to WCPSS."

  • flamtap Dec 15, 2009

    The problem at KF & 1010 is that people can't see cars that may be coming due to the alignment of the roads and lines of cars waiting to turn left from the opposite direction.

    So when people can't see if cars are coming, they nose out and by the time they see a car coming it's too late. (It doesn't help when people coming in the other way don't slow down at all.)

    A flashing yellow light will not solve this particular problem.

  • 68_polara Dec 15, 2009

    Confusion... Why might this cause confusion? Everywhere else in the state, except apparently in Wilmington, a flashing yellow light indicates the right of way, precede with caution.

  • Gabby01 Dec 15, 2009

    Gimme a break ! Seriously don't they have better things to do with their time and OUR money? Maybe they should take a good long look at Reedy Creek Rd. Funny how these improvements always happen in affluent areas (golf courses, Regency Park etc..) just the kind of area a town council member would live !

  • csmac99 Dec 15, 2009

    I need to see for myself that it will help. I do know first-hand that the intersection of Cary Pkwy and Kildaire Farm Road is dangerous for pedestrians. There are crosswalks and crossing lights on three sides only even though there are sidewalks at all four corners. I've seen people nearly hit there on several occasions. There are TWO red light cameras that probably make Cary and company that owns the cameras big bucks each day.

  • Doodlelover Dec 15, 2009

    I read these comments daily and the never cease to make me laugh. They have had these stoplights in Wilmington for YEARS and it is so much better. This will help alleviate much of the traffic issues. For those of you who choose to not read or "understand" the (not new)traffic laws, I suggest you go back to Driver's Education. What part do you not understand or get confused be? Come on now... It's sad I drive with you on the roads every day.

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