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Traffic Signal Project in Childress to Be Complete Soon
Contact: Barbara Seal
Phone: (940) 937-7288
Date: June 13, 2017

CHILDRESS – TxDOT activated the new flashing yellow arrow signals on Commerce, 5th and 7th streets in Childress on June 12. The remainder of the signal work in Childress is expected to be completed by the end of June, weather permitting.

As part of a new phase of construction on this project, the contractor will install green left-turn arrows to allow for protected left-turn phases on all four of the approaches to the intersection of US 83/US 287. Green arrows will also be installed on the northbound US 287 approach to Madison Avenue for left turns off of US 287. "Traffic studies have concluded that there is enough traffic to warrant protected left-turn phases at these two locations," said Matt Herbstritt, Childress Assistant Area Engineer. "Motorists are reminded that the remaining signals on US 287 (7th Street, Commerce Street and 5th Street) will have the flashing yellow arrow signals over the turn lanes."

The new flashing yellow signals are designed to reduce confusion and increase safety at intersections by indicating when left turns are permitted. When illuminated, the flashing yellow arrow means a vehicle is allowed to cautiously enter an intersection only to make the turn indicated by the arrow, but the driver must first yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians and proceed with caution. During the traditional yellow phase, the flashing yellow arrow becomes a steady (non-flashing) yellow arrow. Drivers should treat the steady yellow arrow just like a standard yellow light – prepare to stop or safely clear the intersection before the red light appears. During traditional red phases, a red arrow will illuminate over the turn lane.

Upon completion of the installation in Childress, the contractor will move to Memphis to complete the signal installation at the intersection of US 287/SH 256.

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