District’s First Flashing Yellow Arrow Installed at the Starburst

DDOT Launched the First Left-Turn Flashing Yellow Arrow in DC

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) turned on the first left-turn flashing yellow arrow in the District last Friday. The flashing yellow arrow was installed at the Starburst – the five-point intersection of H Street NE, Bladensburg Avenue NE, Benning Road NE, 15th Street NE and Maryland Avenue NE. The signal flashes a yellow arrow when vehicles are permitted to turn left from H Street NE onto Bladensburg Road NE.

The flashing signal enhances the safety and efficiency of the busy intersection and allows for safer operations of the DC Streetcar and motorists through the intersection.

The signal operates as follows:

  • Flashing Yellow Arrow – Drivers may turn left after yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians
  • Steady Yellow Arrow – Drivers must prepare to stop if it is safe to do so
  • Steady Red Arrow – Drivers must stop and wait
  • Steady Green Arrow – Drivers turning left have the right of way

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The flashing yellow arrow now replaces the traditional green signal at the intersection used to indicate the need for left-turning vehicles to yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians. The flashing yellow arrow signal has been tested by Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) since the mid-90s across the nation and approved as part of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) in 2009. Research has found that the flashing yellow arrow provides the best alternative for safety and operations for protected/permissive left turn movements.

DDOT asks that all motorists, pedestrians and cyclist use caution when traveling through the intersection and follow all restrictions. Please watch for advance warning signs alerting motorists to changes in traffic patterns and detours.