Era of the flashing yellow arrow

flashyellow.jpg The Minnesota Department of Transportation is unveiling new traffic signals in a city where drivers consider red lights to be mere suggestions — Woodbury.

The new flashing yellow turn signal is intended to warn drivers that oncoming traffic has a green light. MnDOT says studies show the flashing yellow arrow is safer.

The first use of the new signal begins today at the Interstate 94 and Highway 95 interchange in Woodbury. MnDOT tested the idea at the intersection of Highway 110 and Highway 149 in Mendota Heights.