Drivers See Flashing Near Duluth Mall

By KBJR News 1

December 3, 2010 Updated Dec 3, 2010 at 9:59 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Drivers around Duluth have been experiencing what MNDOT calls the biggest visual change to traffic lights in 40 years.

The new "flashing yellow light," has so far had positive feedback.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the city of Duluth jointly put up the new light at the intersection of Trinity Road and Mall Drive Wednesday.

The flashing yellow arrow allows motorists to make a left-hand turn after yielding to oncoming traffic, which studies show makes your drive quicker and safer than with a traditional light.

"It will eventually be all over the state, all over Duluth, anywhere where there is a designated left-turn pocket," said Robert Ege, a district traffic engineer for MNDOT.

The engineer says Duluth is the first city in the Northeast region of Minnesota to get the new light.

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