When green means ‘yield,’ and not ‘go’


Published: Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 8:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 8:06 p.m.

Facts

Road work this week

Archer Road: Nighttime lane closures at Southwest 40th Avenue to extend the left turn lane.



East University Avenue: Daytime lane closures near Northeast 43rd Street to repair the sidewalk.



Interstate 75: No lane closures expected at the northbound exit ramp to Newberry Road (SR 26) where the ramp is being widened. The speed limit is reduced to 60 mph. Semi-trucks are allowed to use the northbound inside lane approaching the Newberry Road interchange. The sidewalk on the south side of the overpass between the northbound and southbound exit ramps remain closed. Pedestrians are directed to use the sidewalk on the north side of the road.



I-75 Frontage Road: Daytime lane closures from U.S. 441 to the end of the road to resurface.



Main Street: Daytime lane closures from Williston Road (SR 331) to North Eighth Street to repaint the roadway markings.



Newberry Road: Daytime lane closure for eastbound traffic Tuesday after 8:30 a.m. from the northbound I-75 exit ramp to the driveway just past Dunkin’ Donuts to mill and repave the outside lane.



Southwest 13th Street: Daytime lane closures south of Archer Road (SR 24) to modify sidewalk and driveways on both sides of the road to make improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists. The work is being overseen by the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency.



Southwest 34th Street: Crews will be repainting the roadway lines between Williston Road (SR 331) and West University Avenue (SR 26), which is a moving operation.



SR 121: Crews will be repainting the roadway lines from U.S. 441 to the Union County line, which is a moving operation.



U.S. 27/41: Daytime lane closures from the Levy County line to U.S. 441 in High Springs to repaint the roadway markings.



U.S. 301: Crews will be repainting the roadway lines between the Bradford and Marion county lines, which is a moving operation.



Waldo Road: Daytime lane closures just north of Northeast 39th Avenue for construction of a driveway and a right turn lane.

A recent Lane Ranger column regarding faulty traffic signals prompted reader Joanne Auth to write about the confusion some drivers have with turn arrows on new signals.

“I think the whole colored arrow system has become confusing. The best example is the GREEN turn arrow with a RED LIGHT above it. According to the manual, if you are in the lane with a green arrow AND a red light above it, you MAY turn in the direction of the arrow BUT you must yield right-of-way to vehicles and pedestrians,” Auth wrote in an email.

“This is in direct conflict with what a green arrow used to mean — that you had a protected right to turn without fearing that oncoming traffic had a green light.

“It seems to me this is no different than a simple green light in that lane, meaning that you CAN turn, but you must yield to oncoming traffic or pedestrians. Why has this been made more complicated than it needs to be?”

Auth cited other examples and included this link — www.fpts.us/documents/Florida_Driver_Handbook.pdf — for traffic-signal instructions.

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