Intersection redo could help commuters on Tucson's SE side - Tucson News Now

Intersection redo could help commuters on SE side

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

More than 109,000 cars a day pass through the third busiest intersection in Tucson.  Or is it the third biggest waste of time on commuter's way in to work?  The RTA is hoping to change that. 

There are two lanes in each direction, and a few left turn lanes at the intersection of East Valencia and South Kolb roads. Traffic engineers blame the amount of people making left turns for the congestion. 

The new plan is to build ramps before the intersection, getting rid of all that congestion before drivers even get to the stop lights. 

Officials say when this new design rolls out, you could add 50 percent more traffic and it would still be better than it is now. 

The city is still at least two years away from shovels hitting the dirt. Engineers and project managers will be showing off the designs and getting feedback from the community. 

There will be an open house at the Pima Air and Space Museum from 5 to 7 tonight. 

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