The flashing yellow left-turn signal at Dowell Road and the Redwood Highway has been de-activated during peak traffic times, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.
"We wanted to give that added measure of safety," said Gary ODOT spokesperson Leaming. "This takes away the drivers' guesswork."
The flashing yellow left-turn, which went into effect last year, was instituted to improve traffic flow on the Redwood Highway.
But from 7 to 9 a.m., and 3 to 6 p.m., the flashing yellow will not be in effect. During those times, drivers will get the usual green, yellow and red lights for the left-turn signal. That went into effect Wednesday evening. The same configuration went into effect at the signal light at the intersection of Hubbard Lane and Redwood Highway.
Dowell Road and Redwood Highway was the scene of a fatal car-versus-motorcycle crash Tuesday just before 4 p.m. A westbound SUV turning left onto Dowell from Redwood Highway pulled in front of a motorcycle headed east. Motorcycle driver Jeffrey Cunningham, 51, later died from injuries suffered in the crash.
Another crash occurred there on Dec. 28.
— Jeff Duewel, Grants Pass Daily Courier