Sedona AZ (August 22, 2012) – It’s back to the red, yellow and green for the Sedona traffic controllers. In December of 2008, the City of Sedona changed the operation of a State Route 89A traffic signal, uptown mid-block location for pedestrian crossovers, from a green-yellow-red traffic signal to a flashing yellow signal. This was an attempt to determine if a traffic signal flashing yellow only would improve the flow of traffic through uptown State Route 89A, allowing pedestrians to crossover and cars to halt accordingly.
Results have been mixed with drivers not understanding what to do at the flashing yellow light, stopping even though no pedestrians are in the crosswalk, and confusion among pedestrians how to cross at an intersection controlled by a flashing yellow light.
The City of Sedona will discontinue the flashing operation of the yellow light and revert back to a standard red-yellow-green traffic light signal on August 30, 2012.
Pedestrians will traverse the roadway after pushing an activation button and waiting for the walk signal to indicate permission to enter the crosswalk. The City will continue to monitor the area to see if this change has a beneficial or adverse effect on traffic flow.
If you have further questions or comments, contact Dan Neimy, City Maintenance Superintendent at 928-204-7104.