GDOT removes yield sign at U.S. 29, Hwy. 154

by Sarah Fay Campbell

Northbound motorists turning from U.S. 29 onto Hwy. 154/McCollum-Sharpsburg Road may have noticed the yield sign that used to greet those turning right onto Hwy. 154 is no longer there.

It wasn't knocked down during an accident or stolen. It was removed by the Georgia Department of Transportation, based on a new policy.

Without the yield sign, even though they have a dedicated turning lane, northbound motorists who are turning right onto Hwy. 154 are supposed to stop on red, and then only proceed if it is safe to do so.

Therefore, when southbound motorists turning left have a green arrow, they will continue to have the right-of-way, and drivers turning right should be stopped until the coast is clear.

"Our state traffic office has determined that if the island separating the right turns from the adjacent movement is painted (as it is at this intersection), the signal is the controlling device and yield signs should be removed," said Kimberly Larson, regional spokeswoman for GDOT.

However, if concrete or grass islands separate the right turns, "it is treated as a separate intersection and a yield sign should be installed," Larson said.

"This is a fairly new policy/procedure, so not all intersections have been changed to meet this operation" yet, Larson said.

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