More traffic lights will flash at night in Sioux Falls
Soon Sioux Falls drivers will need to wait a shorter amount of time at many intersections at night. More traffic signals will begin flashing yellow or red after 11 p.m. instead of cycling through the normal phases.
"One of the questions we hear asked the most is in regard to the flashing of traffic signals and if it would be possible to flash more," Heath Hoftiezer, principal traffic engineer, said. "Traffic engineering has reviewed the operations of all the traffic signals in the city of Sioux Falls and identified 64 locations that are currently not being flashed that we feel could be flashed at night."
The City of Sioux Falls has a total of 250 traffic signals, and now 203 of them will flash at night. Of the city's 47 traffic signals that will not flash at night, eight are due to visibility concerns at the intersections and 39 are due to lane geometry.
By the end of October, all changes to the traffic signal operations will be in place.
With more traffic signals in the city of Sioux Falls flashing at night, motorists will notice fewer delays, Hoftiezer said, but people will also have to make sure that they drive safely through intersections. When approaching flashing yellow lights, drivers need to be cautious and ready to slow down or stop to avoid possible hazards. Drivers need to treat flashing red lights like a stop sign by coming to a complete stop and then verifying if it is safe to proceed before pulling into the intersection.
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