November 2, 2013 in City

Flashing yellow traffic lights in Spokane will end earlier

Staff report

Starting Monday, early-morning drivers in Spokane will see more red.

The flashing yellow traffic signals that replace the regular red-yellow-green pattern during low-traffic hours will switch back to the regular pattern at 5 a.m. instead of 6 a.m., the city announced Friday.

The change will be instituted because of a rise in early-morning traffic, the city said in a news release. Spokane first began using “programmed flash” at traffic signals in the 1950s.

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