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Utah 2012 Dl Handbook

Utah 2012 Dl Handbook

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Utah 2012 Dl Handbook
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New to Utah is Continuous Flow Intersections (CFI).
CFIs are an alternative approach to intersection
design. Compared to a traditional intersection, it
reduces the steps in the light cycle by displacing left
turns along a safer path. Reducing the steps of the

signal pattern increases the “green time” for those

traveling in all directions through the intersection.


Making a left turn in a CFI: Watch for signs and a
signal directing you to turn pockets on the left-hand
side of the road. Observe the first traffic signal
direction, and proceed when green by crossing the
oncoming lanes of traffic. Observe the direction of the
second signal, which will be on the far left of the
intersection, and proceed when green by making your
left-hand turn at the intersection.

Traveling through a CFI: Proceed as you normally
would but watch for another light just past the

intersection. It’s possible to encounter a red light here

which allows left turning cars to cross in front of you.

Making right turns in a CFI: Be sure to yield to traffic,
cyclists, and pedestrians. Make your turn, merge with
traffic and keep going.

While in most intersections, motorists have free-right
turn access or are allowed to make a right-hand turn
on a red light after stopping and yielding to oncoming
traffic, free right turns during a red light are restricted
in this type of CFI, along with a traditional right-on-red.
Motorists should watch for traffic control signs to know
when right turns are or are not permitted.


A four-legged CFI functions as a regular CFI
configuration, but with each leg of the intersection
operating with displaced left turns instead of only two
legs of the intersection. Follow all directions as with a
typical CFI on all four legs.

To view the Continuous Flow Intersection (CFI)
Tutorial Animation, visit the UDOT YouTube Channel
at www.youtube.com/UtahDOT.

Diverging Diamond Interchange, or DDI, is a special
type of highway interchange in which two directions of
traffic on the non-freeway road, cross to the opposite
side of the bridge over or under the freeway. It
requires traffic on the freeway overpass (or underpass)
to briefly drive on the opposite side of the road from
what they are accustomed. By eliminating many of the
left-turn conflicts at the ramps, this improves
interchange efficiency.

To view the UDOT Diverging Diamond Interchange
Animation, visit the UDOT YouTube Channel at

A ThrU Turn Intersection helps alleviate traffic
congestion and improve traffic flow by eliminating left
turn movements at the intersection. Motorists instead
travel through the intersection, make a signalized U-
turn at a location removed from the intersection and
come back to the intersection, where they will make a
right turn.

To view the UDOT ThrU Turn Animation, visit the
UDOT YouTube Channel at


Flex Lanes are a method to vary the number of
eastbound and westbound lanes during peak travel
times. Flex Lanes provide four lanes in the peak
direction, a left turn and two lanes in the non-peak
direction. Over lane indicator lights let motorists know
which lanes are operating in which direction; this is
determined by peak traffic patterns and time periods.

Green arrows indicate the lane is open, while red X’s

indicate that lane is for opposing traffic and motorist

should not be traveling in it. Yellow X’s tell motorists

that the lane is in transition and they need to merge
right. During non-peak times, three lanes in each
direction and a center turn lane will be in effect.

To view the UDOT Flex Lanes Animation, visit the
UDOT YouTube Channel at

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