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Driving safely on three-lane roads

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Bloomington Briefing Published October 6, 2021
Updated on October 6, 2021
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Three-lane roads calm traffic by reducing speeding between drivers, reducing accident rates and providing more space for bicyclists and pedestrians. For your well-being and the safety of others on the road, follow these tips on driving safely on a
three-lane street. 

  • Remember the center lane is shared by traffic in both directions for making left turns. The lane is marked by parallel solid and dashed yellow lines accompanied by white arrows on the pavement.
  • Travel a maximum of 200 feet in the center turn lane and only as part of a left turn maneuver.
  • Do not pass in the center turn lane.
  • If a transit bus, garbage truck or other vehicle stops along the curb and encroaches into the through lane, you can drive into the center turn lane to go around the stopped vehicle—but only when you have checked that no other vehicles are in the center turn lane.
  • Only make left turns from the center turn lane. 
  • If you are entering the three-lane roadway from a side street or driveway, you can turn into the center turn lane and enter through that point.