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Flashing yellow signals coming to Shenandoah Valley

road-work-headerThe Virginia Department of Transportation will install flashing yellow arrow traffic signals at five intersections in the Staunton District beginning Dec. 1. The flashing yellow arrow is intended only for left-turning traffic, and indicates that drivers may turn left after they yield to oncoming traffic.

The following intersections will receive the signal modifications:

  • Rockingham County – Route 42 at Route 257 in the town of Dayton
  • Warren County – Route 55 at Route 647 (Dismal Hollow Road)
  • Frederick County
    • Route 11 at Route 661 (Redbud Road) and Interstate 81 exit 317 on-ramp
    • Route 624 (Tasker Road) at Route 636 (White Oak Road)
    • Route 522 at Route 756 (Macedonia Church Road)

At intersections that currently allow left turns on a green circular light, the new signals should improve safety and reduce crashes by more clearly indicating the need to for drivers to yield before making a left turn.

At intersections currently controlling left turns with a green arrow, the new signals should reduce wait times and improve traffic flow by allowing drivers to make a left turn after yielding to oncoming traffic. VDOT studied numerous intersections in the Staunton District to determine which ones could safely accommodate this change. These signals can be programmed by time of day to accommodate changing traffic conditions.  In some locations the signals may show a solid green arrow for part of the day and a flashing yellow arrow during lighter traffic periods.

Installation is scheduled to begin Tuesday, December 1, and be complete by December 18. Drivers should be alert for lane closures at these intersections while the signal work is taking place. All work is weather permitting.

The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at For other assistance call the VDOT Customer Service Center, available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week. Citizens can dial 1-800-FOR- ROAD (1-800-367-7623) from anywhere in the state to report road hazards, ask transportation questions, or get information related to Virginia’s roads.

The Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton. VDOT can be followed on Facebook, Flickr,Twitter and YouTube. RSS feeds are also available for statewide information. The VDOT Web page is located at