NEW TRAFFIC SIGNAL ARRANGEMENTS AT QUEEN STREET AND VERNON AVENUE Figure A Figure B On May 31, 2015, the traffic signals at the intersection of Queen Street and Vernon Avenue will have a new look similar to the ones pictured in Figure A above. The North Carolina Department of Transportation has scheduled the existing vertically hung traffic signals to be removed and replaced by horizontal traffic signals attached to the span wire. This change is being made not only to maintain the height requirement established for traffic signals by the MUTCD (Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices), but also as an alternative to the more costly options of raising all the existing utility lines (i.e. phone, cable, electric) or installing higher poles. The horizontal and vertical traffic signals work the same, but have a different placement of the red, yellow, and green indications. Instead of a top-to-bottom arrangement, the horizontal traffic signal has a left-to-right arrangement with the red ball on the left, yellow in the middle, and green on the right end of the signal. Several of the new traffic signals to be installed at this location will look similar to Figure B above, with an arrow in one of the indications for the protected left turning phases off of Queen Street and Vernon Avenue. The traffic signals will operate the same as they have in the past. The installation of these new traffic signals is scheduled to start in the morning hours of May 31st. It is anticipated that this work will take most of the day to complete. The intersection will be completely closed to all traffic and detours will be in place. Upon completion of the work, the Queen Street and Vernon Avenue intersection will re-open for traffic.
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