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City of Puyallup

New Traffic Signal at Valley Ave NW/27th Ave Ct NW

New Flashing Yellow Arrow Signal

The City of Puyallup is installing a new traffic signal near the westerly city limits, along Valley Avenue NW at 27th Ave Ct NW. The signal is a part of the proposed Port 167 Distribution Center development on the south side of this intersection. It is expected that the signal will be turned on during the last week of February 2014.

The new signal will include a a 'Flashing Yellow Arrow' signal display instead of the traditional 'Green Ball' signal to provide safer, more efficient left turns for motorists along Valley Ave NW. A 'Flashing Yellow Arrow' means that left turns are allowed, but drivers must yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.

Studies by the Federal Highway Administration suggest flashing yellow arrows increase safety because they are more effective at getting drivers to yield to oncoming traffic. Signal displays similar to this one have been installed at several locations in the Northwest including Pierce County, Federal Way, Everett, Vancouver, Bellevue, and Redmond.

For further clarification of the signal sequence, click here to view WSDOT’s Flashing Yellow Arrow Illustration.

For more information, please contact City Traffic Engineer Sanjeev Tandle at 253.841.5591 or standle@ci.puyallup.wa.us