Gooding traffic-signal installation begins Tuesday


By Paul Johnson

Gooding, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) – The busy junction of U.S. 26 and Idaho 46 will soon be more controlled, as a new Flashing Yellow Arrow traffic signal is put into operation later this summer. The signal will be installed and the intersection layout modified beginning Tuesday May 27, The project is expected to be completed by the end of July.
Crews will begin by excavating and setting foundations for signal poles before signal installation in early July. Work at the intersection will enhance its layout and operation.
The project will include a free-running right turn for northbound traffic on the southeast corner of the intersection, an improved stormwater collection and retention system, ADA-compliant and enhanced crosswalks with pedestrian-crossing signals in each corner, and a repaved roadway.
FYA signals, which include a flashing yellow arrow when turning drivers should yield to oncoming traffic and proceed with caution, are becoming common throughout Idaho as a way of managing traffic more efficiently and safely at intersections.
The roadway will be reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the construction zone. Drivers should watch for flaggers and be prepared for delays during work hours. The business access points near the intersection will remain open when possible, but partial closures, restrictions and temporary changes may take place.
The intersection needed a signal based on traffic volumes and crash history.

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