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Picture Rocks Road subject of new study?

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If there's a roadkill road in Pima County, Picture Rocks is definitely it.

It twists and turns through Saguaro National Park, the quickest route between Tucson and Picture Rocks.

But those curvy, blind spots creates havoc for people and animals alike.

Since it splits the park, animals get killed there daily. By some estimates, 30,000 bunnies, turtles, coyotes, lizards and javalina end up dead every year.  

But animals, of course, are not the only victims.

"The accidents unfortunately have increased," says Billie Moon, the Public Information Officer for the Picture Rocks Fire Department. "A few fatalities last year, so it's definitely an issue."

One motorcyclist, we were told, laid his bike down on a blind curve and as he stood up, he was run over by a car.

Bicyclists also have an issue.

"They need bike lanes, that's my biggest issue," says Cindy Hinds, whose lived in Picture Rocks for five years.

"It would be devastated if they closed that road," she says.

Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson, whose district includes the roadway, says the Parks Service would like to close it "so we need to find alternatives."

Pima County may approve a request for a $200,000 grant to study transportation needs in Picture Rocks, including the roadway, but also including transit.

"There are a bunch of people out there who need to be served," says Elias.

There are 10,000 residents in Picture Rocks and "transportation, we just don't have it out here," says Moon.

The request for the study comes after nearly three years of asking by the residents.

"There's too many care out here to start with," says Moon. "And with winter visitors, summer visitors."

"All the looky-loos," says Hinds. "I don't blame them. It still takes my breath away every time I come over the hill."

But whether that's a privilege that everyone will enjoy in the future, is still up in the air.

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