Driving Yakima Avenue? Stop Signs Instead of Lights This Week
It happens every year and it could impact your commute. Yakima city crews will be working on traffic signals along Yakima Avenue on Wednesday and Thursday that will slow drivers. Yakima city officials say the work will happen in the morning hours on two separate days.
THE WORK STARTS ON WEDNESDAY MORNING
The signal at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Yakima Avenue will be without power on Wednesday during project work hours of 9:30 am to 11:30 am.
Signals at the 4th Avenue and Yakima Avenue, as well as 5th Avenue and Yakima Avenue intersections will be without power on Thursday during project work hours of 9:30 am to 11:30 am.
YOUR COMMUTE MAY BE IMPACTED
If Yakima Avenue is part of your commute during the work hours you may want to avoid the areas. Otherwise crews will post stop signs in all four directions at the intersections while each traffic signal is dark. A press release says "while undergoing maintenance, each signal will flash red in all directions for one to five minutes before normal operation resumes." “When normal operation resumes, drivers often remain focused on the previous flashing red status and treat the intersection as a 4-way or all-way stop,” says Traffic Operations Supervisor Dan Nickoloff. “They can fail to notice that normal operation has resumed and that opposing traffic may now have a green light and continued right of way.”
CITY OFFICIALS SAY EITHER SLOW DOWN OR FIND ANOTHER WAY
Drivers are reminded that the speed limit through all traffic-related work zones within the City of Yakima is 20 miles-per-hour.