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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

One of the busiest intersections in Tucson, Ina and Oracle will see a big change today. 

Later this morning drivers will be able to go through, make a U-turn then a right at the light.  Drivers on the north side of Ina, in the westbound lanes will see the change first; then a short time later the change will come to the eastbound lanes.

This new turn is called an ‘indirect left turn', and it is more popular in the mid-west, but officials are hoping the concept will catch on here.

Here is how it works:  

Motorists do not turn left at the intersection, they go through it, to a traffic signal that stops oncoming traffic so the driver can make a U-turn, they then go back to the intersection and make a right turn. 

Another indirect left turn is being built at Grant and Oracle. 

Officials say this type of intersection statistically causes fewer accidents. 

The change will go in effect today at 9 a.m.; Pima County Sheriff's Department deputies will be helping direct traffic in the area.

Tucson News Now's Barbara Grijalva will have more on KOLD News 13 at 4, 5, and 6. She can be followed on Twitter at @BGrijalvaKOLD.

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