Tucson's 1st indirect left turn lanes open at Ina/Oracle - Tucson News Now

Tucson's 1st indirect left turn lanes open on NW side

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Motorists who want to turn left onto Oracle from Ina will now have to proceed through the intersection, make a U-turn, then turn right. Motorists who want to turn left onto Oracle from Ina will now have to proceed through the intersection, make a U-turn, then turn right.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Motorists going east and west are no longer allowed to turn left at a busy intersection on Tucson's northwest side.

The intersection of West Ina and North Oracle roads is the first in the city to feature indirect left turn lanes.

If you're on Ina, instead of turning left from Ina to Oracle, you'll now have to proceed through the intersection, make a U-turn, then backtrack before turning right.

Watch for signs.

You still can turn left from Oracle onto Ina.

Traffic officials says the change is expected to reduce traffic delays by 40 percent in all directions at the intersection which handles 96,000 vehicles each day.

The new construction includes two right turn lanes on westbound Ina.

The indirect left and the two right turn lanes are expected to relieve traffic backups on westbound Ina that can extend some 3/4 of a mile to the Westward Look Resort.

Those right turn lanes will be completed in about three weeks.  

Pima County will study the intersection for six months to see the expected drop in the number of crashes is realized.

Indirect left turn lanes also are being installed along Grant Road. The indirect left at Grant and Oracle Road is expected to open in early October.

There will be five more built on Grant as part of the Grant Road widening from Oracle to Swan Road.

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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