Lane Ranger: These right-turn lanes controlled by yield rules

Key to NW 43rd at US 441


Published: Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 7:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 7:37 p.m.

Reader Dave Southworth writes with an observation about the traffic signal where Northwest 43rd Street meets U.S. 441. Motorists must turn either right or left.

“The turn signal lights have only two left green arrows, and traffic in the right-turn-only lane gets a left-turn-only green light, which makes some cars stop and wait needlessly for a right turn arrow,” Southworth said in an email. “When there is a right-turn and a left-turn lane, why do they have only two left-turn-only green lights? Why not a right-turn-only green arrow for the right-turn-only lane?”

Anthony J. (Tony) Falotico, assistant district traffic operations engineer in the Florida Department of Transportation’s Lake City office, said the right-turn lane from 43rd Street to southbound U.S 441 is a free-flow lane under yield control, not under signal control.

“The yield sign allows right turning vehicles to enter U.S. 411 any time there is a gap on U.S. 441 allowing safe entry, regardless of what the signal is showing for the left turners,” Falotico said in an email. “The signal controls the left-turn movement only, therefore, it is indicated with left-turn arrows.”

Added Matt Weisman, traffic operations engineer for the city of Gainesville, which controls the signals: “The right turn at this intersection is a slip lane with a yield condition and therefore is not controlled by the traffic signal.

Off the top of my head, I cannot think of a single slip lane in Alachua County that is controlled by a traffic signal. Even the slip lanes for Archer Road at the intersection of 34th Street are yield controlled and not part of the traffic signal.”

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