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Traffic might flow faster or slower, depending on what side of the arrow you’re on.
On Monday, Fort St. John City Council approved the installation of a left turn arrow on 100th Avenue at 102nd Street. The turning arrow would make turning left easier, for eastbound to northbound traffic.
A report submitted to Council suggests the turning arrow should also help reduce accidents. The City reports that there have been 16 accidents in five years at the location, involving vehicles turning left.
Councilor Lori Ackerman had argued the City might want to consider other alternatives.
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City Manager Dianne Hunter says that was one of the options presented, and it would have costed the City upwards of $400,000.
So, City Council voted unanimously to go with the cheapest and easiest method, and to install the left-advance light.
Director of Infrastructure and Capital Works, Victor Shopland, says the new advancing light could cause a few delays to traffic on the other side of the arrow.
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That noted, whenever there’s no eastbound vehicle turning left, the new advance light will not flash. This is different from the advance on 96th Street and 100th Avenue, where the advance will always activate, even if there is no traffic turning left.
The new project has a price tag of $10,000 for one traffic signal arrow, a software upgrade, and installation time. The cost will be included in the City’s 2010 capital budget.