Yield sign at P'tree Corners Circle & Spalding Drive

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Has the Yield sign been removed at the southbound, right-hand turn at the corner of Peachtree Corners Circle to west onto Spalding Drive? Important to know as it changes the whole dynamic of safety when making a left-hand turn in the northbound land on P'tree Corners Circle to westbound Spalding.
carolyn February 03, 2014 at 07:23 AM
Unfortunately, a lot of drivers don't know that cars making a left from Peachtree Corners Circle north bound onto Spalding West bound have the right of way over the cars in the yield lane when the light is green. But, how is taking the yield sign away going to help. I brought this issue up with the Cops Liaison several years ago. Never had any luck with better signage.
Robert J. Nebel February 04, 2014 at 07:46 AM
Why would the yield sign be taken away from that right-hand turn lane? That yield sign makes the intersection a little bit more pedestrian-friendly because it keeps right-turning cars at bay. It's just another congested, tough intersection with mainly antsy drivers.
Cathy Freeman February 05, 2014 at 08:40 PM
Uh-oh. I have lived here for more years than I want to admit, and I never really noticed a yield sign there. It's not clear to me that the right-hand turner should yield to left-hand turning drivers. If they have a left arrow, then yes, but how does one know? I have to add a comment after last Wednesday's traffic jam. It really slowed up traffic heading west on Spalding when the right hand turners from PCC south to Spalding west turned right while the light was red for Spalding traffic. Once the light turned green, there was no where to go. One car might make it through, but the school buses must have really been stuck. And the buses backed everyone else up. So, what is the solution? I wanted to tell the right turners to let a few cars through each time. Or at least let a school bus through! Of course, other drivers will go around you if you are being polite!!
Kathy Roberts February 06, 2014 at 07:52 AM
There has been a yield sign at that intersection for years. Unfortunately, it was fairly obstructed by the landscape so few saw it and/or paid attention to it. I'm going to try to find someone who can officially comment on its removal and whether that changes the dynamic of the intersection.
Robert J. Nebel February 06, 2014 at 11:37 AM
The big difference is that many folks (not all) simply barrel down that lane and quickly make the right-hand turn. Removing the sign makes many drivers even more aggressive. Oh, let's not even think about how pedestrians have to deal with that intersection. Yes, we do have pedestrians in the area.
Todd Goldsmith February 09, 2014 at 01:27 PM
There is a similar yield sign at the intersection of Medlock Bridge and Bush Road. I don't understand the thinking behind either of them and suspect that many drivers, taught that a vehicle turning right has the right-of-way over a vehicle turning left, have accidents or near-accidents, as the left-turning vehicles turn in front of them. I would think that the left turning vehicles would be better accomodated by a left-turn arrow accompanied by a red light on opposite side, eliminating confusion and reducing the chance of accidents.
Cathy Freeman February 10, 2014 at 10:10 AM
The light on the opposite side is probably red when the left turn light is green. Of course, in any situation, another driver might not do what you expect, so it's always key to be alert. I assert my right by starting that left turn, but never assume the other driver has a clue. I've been lucky so far.
Cathy Freeman March 19, 2014 at 12:21 PM
During the SnowJam event (and any day traffic backs up on HBR), I noticed that it was nearly impossible to travel through the light on Spalding heading west due to the right hand turners from southbound PC Circle. School buses will especially have a hard time if they do not simply block the intersection. We can all be more aware and yield to the school buses. It would help the kids get home and help get the buses out of the way of everyone else!


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