Milky’s post reminded me of this intersection in North Austin. Two lanes turn right onto the frontage road (feeder, access road, call it what you like) of a major highway. The left-hand right turn lane is designed so drivers can quickly move to the left on the frontage road to access the highway. The right lane of the right turn lane stays on the frontage road. The intersection does not have a NO TURN ON RED sign, but the three red lights controlling this turn have been changed from a simple red (as shown) to three red arrows. In my mind, a red right turn arrow functions like a left turn arrow, which means there is no movement on red, but pretty much everybody (except me) turns on red. What would you do?

Update: TheRealBicycleBuck found the relevant Texas code. It turns out I was right all along!

“When the separate right-turn signal face is providing a message to stop and remain stopped, a steady right-turn RED ARROW signal indication shall be displayed if it is intended that right turns on red not be permitted (except when a traffic control device is in place permitting a turn on a steady RED ARROW signal indication) or a steady CIRCULAR RED signal indication shall be displayed if it is intended that right turns on red be permitted.”

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