Indirect left turn lanes now part of morning commute on NW side

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - There is still a lot of work to be done - some right turn lanes still need to go in and left turn bays need to go, but the indirect left turn lanes are here to stay.

Engineers will continue to study traffic and fine-tune the lights being synched over the next few days.

One this drivers need to remember when driving through the area, they cannot make that left hand turn anymore.  The indirect left turn lanes, on both sides of Ina are now open.

How the intersection works now, for left hand turns is this:

Drivers heading eastbound on Ina will go through the intersection, make a U-turn at the new cut out, then turn north onto Oracle.

The benefits of this indirect left turn, according to Pima County will be fewer car crashes and a more efficient intersection. Engineers say the key to this is the right turn onto Oracle.

Backups to make the left hand turn could be three-quarters of a mile long, but the indirect left turn could reduce delays by more than 40 percent.

Tucson News Now was on the scene yesterday afternoon, watching over the hours as many drivers made the direct left turn that they were not supposed to.

The true test will be how drivers do during the busy morning commute.

Stay with Tucson News Now this morning for more updates on the commute and how the indirect left turn is working out.

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