Newly installed traffic signals on 33rd Avenue are now active. The signals at the intersection with 38th Street are flashing red in all directions to acquaint the motoring public with the changes.
Beginning Thursday morning, August 13, the signals will be actuated at the intersection at 10:00 a.m. in all directions, and the northbound lanes of 33rd Avenue opened to traffic.
The signals at the intersection of 33rd Avenue and Lost Creek Parkway are also flashing, with the signals on 33rd Avenue flashing red and the through traffic on the parkway signals flashing yellow. Traffic on 33rd Avenue will be expected to stop to allow Parkway traffic to clear the intersection before proceeding, while through traffic on the Parkway can proceed through the intersection with caution. On Thursday morning, these signals will also be actuated in all directions, and 33rd Avenue opened to traffic.
One addition, the northbound traffic signal at 33rd Avenue and 38th Street will be equipped with a flashing yellow turn signal arrow for westbound turning movement. The flashing yellow arrow replaces the circular solid green light and requires the driver to yield to oncoming traffic, who have a green light, and to pedestrians. The driver can only proceed when the gap in traffic is safe to complete the turning movement. Otherwise, the new traffic signals work the same as traditional signals. The use of the flashing yellow signal minimizes delays, enhances safety by reducing driver errors, and increases intersection flow and capacity. They have been approved by the Federal Highway Administration, Nebraska Department of Roads, and are being used by more and more communities throughout Nebraska.
The motoring public is requested to pay special attention while traveling through these intersections to ensure safe movement especially if someone else is not as careful or is distracted.