Remember the Yakima 4-Way Stop Rule? You may need to use it

Remember the 4 way stopping rule? If you are driving in Yakima this week, you may need to use it.
Beginning Monday, February 7, Yakima City crews will be performing at all traffic lights in the city, and depending on where you are at the time, you may see flashing lights.

Work begins Monday and continues for the next 8 weeks

A press release says that over the next 8 weeks, crews will be busy across the city and drivers may see slowdowns during project hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. City officials say that during maintenance, each signal will flash red in all directions for one to five minutes before normal operation resumes.
Drivers are again reminded to always pay attention to the current status of traffic lights.

Crews begin work in the West Valley area on Monday

“When normal operation resumes, drivers often remain focused on the previous flashing red status and treat the intersection as a 4-way or one-way stop,” says Dan Nickoloff, traffic operations supervisor. “They may not notice that normal operation has resumed and opposing traffic may now have a green light and continued priority.”
A news release says the annual traffic signal maintenance project will begin Monday in the West Valley area. From there, teams will work west to east across the city.

Some traffic may be disrupted, city officials say to be careful

“Maintenance crews will try to avoid disrupting arterial traffic flow during peak hours,” says Nickoloff.
“Drivers are reminded that the speed limit in all work-related traffic zones in the City of Yakima is 20 miles per hour.
As always, the schedule for this type of project is subject to change daily depending on weather conditions, equipment failures and emergencies.
For more information, contact Traffic Operations Supervisor Dan Nickoloff at 509-576-6746.”

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