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Aug. 24, 2021

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Flashing yellow arrow left turn signals discontinued on Hwy 61 at Huff St. in Winona over safety concerns

WINONA, Minn. – Recurring left-turn crashes at Hwy 61 and Huff Street in Winona have prompted the Minnesota Department of Transportation to discontinue the flashing yellow arrow traffic signal for left turns from Hwy 61 onto Huff Street between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The signals will be adjusted on Tuesday morning, Aug. 24. The adjustment is only for Hwy 61 to Huff Street. Flashing yellow left turn arrows will continue to operate for Huff Street to Hwy 61.

The flashing yellow arrows will be off from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for Hwy 61 to Huff Street. During those hours, motorists will only be able to turn left when a green arrow appears.

MnDOT consulted with city and county engineers, as well as local law enforcement on the changes.

The reason for the recurring left-turn crashes at Hwy 61 and Huff Street is because motorists were not yielding safely at the flashing yellow arrow. When a flashing yellow arrow is active it means: Drivers may turn left after yielding to all oncoming traffic and to any pedestrians in the crosswalk. Oncoming traffic has a green light. Drivers must wait for a safe gap in oncoming traffic before turning.

MnDOT plans to monitor traffic at this intersection to determine any further changes or adjustments for motorists’ safety.