Drivers in Fredericksburg will see new flashing yellow lights at a half-dozen key intersections as part of a new effort to make it safer to make a left turn against oncoming traffic.

The Virginia Department of Transportation noted that making a left turn against oncoming traffic is one of the “most challenging and high-risk” decisions for drivers. The agency said its research of traffic signals showed that a flashing yellow light is understood most frequently.

VDOT said the new flashing yellow lights will be installed beginning March 18, with work extending to April 8. The work will take place in the evenings and overnight, and could cause single lane closures. The affected intersections include:

  • Route 2 (Tidewater Trail) and Route 608 (Benchmark Road) in Spotsylvania
  • Route 2 (Tidewater Trail) and Route 1303 (Mansfield Drive) and Route 1999 (Shannon Park Drive) in Spotsylvania
  • Route 2 (Tidewater Trail) at Route 756 (Lee Hill Drive and Joseph Mills Drive) in Spotsylvania
  • Route 17 and Route 705 (Hartwood Road) in Stafford
  • Route 8900 (Centreport Parkway) and the I-95 southbound on and off-ramps in Stafford
  • Route 8900 (Centreport Parkway) and the I-95 northbound on and off-ramps in Stafford

VDOT has published a video explaining how the yellow flashing arrows work.