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Chapel Hill installing yellow flashing arrows

In an effort to improve safety at busy intersections in Chapel Hill, changes are being made at several existing traffic signals to show flashing yellow arrows for left turns.

The flashing yellow arrow means turns are permitted, but you must first yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians and then proceed with caution. The other solid lighted arrows direct motorists as follows: red means stop, yellow means prepare to stop, and green means proceed.

In 2011, flashing yellow arrows were installed at about 15 intersections in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Twenty-six more signalized intersections are being upgraded with the flashing yellow arrows for left-turns within the next three months. The project is funded by the N.C. Department of Transportation.

The new signals offer a safer, more efficient way to handle traffic turning left at busy intersections, according to a town news release. The signals are being introduced nationwide as a result of a national study, conducted for the Federal Highway Administration, that showed they help prevent crashes, move more traffic through intersections and provide additional traffic management flexibility.

Additionally, because the new signals will ultimately be required by the Federal Highway Administration, in the future motorists will see the same left-turn-arrow signals across the country, rather than the different configurations that are used from community to community.

For additional information, contact Kumar Neppalli, traffic engineering manager, at 919-969-5093 or

Animal Shelter offers sweetheart deals

Orange County Animal Services will be reducing adoption fees by nearly half for all adoptable cats and dogs in recognition of its annual Valentine’s Adoption Event.

The adoption specials will run through Feb. 28. All cats and kittens will have a reduced adoption fee of $50, and dogs and puppies will have a reduced adoption fee of $60. Adopted animals will be fully vaccinated, spayed/neutered and vet checked.

For more event information or to view adoptable animals, please visit Animal Services online at or in person at 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill.

‘Global Woman’ picked for Communiy READ

The Orange County Human Relations Commission is hosting a Community READ in March and inviting book clubs and reading groups in Orange County to discuss the issue of the inequitable treatment of women.

The community can participate by reading “Global Woman: Nannies, Maids and Sex Workers in the New Economy” by Barbara Ehrenreich. Ehrenreich is the well-known author best seller of “Nickel and Dimed in the USA.” In “Global Woman” she brings her characteristically acute analysis to the plight of women and their children in the broader global economy.

The Community READ will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 23, at the Orange County Main Library in Hillsborough, 137 W. Margaret Lane. Purple Crow Books in Hillsborough and Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill will have copies of the book on sale.

The Orange County, Chapel Hill and Carrboro Libraries will order additional copies of this book in hopes that book clubs and all citizens of Orange County will read it in preparation for a community-wide discussion, led by Dr. Donna Bickford, associate director of the Office for Undergraduate Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

For more information about the Community READ, call the Human Relations Commission at 919-245-2487.