Tucson gives the green light for second indirect turn lane - Tucson News Now

Tucson gives the green light for second indirect turn lane

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Another Tucson intersection is about to change the way you make some turns.

Beginning Tuesday at 6 a.m., indirect left turn lanes go into effect at Grant and Oracle, meaning if you want to make a left turn off of Grant, you'll have to do a little more driving.

Crews will work through the night, putting up signs and doing some last-minute construction before the indirect left begins.

There will be no more left turns off Grant onto Oracle.

You will drive through the intersection, make a U-turn, then turn right onto Oracle.

When this intersection becomes an indirect left intersection at 6 a.m. Tuesday, it will be the second one in the Tucson area.

The first one at Ina and Oracle opened several weeks ago.

Business owners in the area have said they like it because it gives their customers better access.

However, a motorist today wanted to comment on the whole idea of indirect lefts.

He not only drives the Ina/Oracle intersection every day; he lives near it. He says traffic still backs up and it has meant more stop lights for him and other drivers.

Plus, he's concerned that trying to change driver behavior might not work.

< Chuck Schoen, Tucson Driver: "I've got a camera that I keep in my car and I've seen three accidents already at Oracle and Ina," said Tucson driver Chuck Schoen. "[People] trying to make left hand turns and got rear-ended. And every night I hear sirens up there, whether it's accidents or not-- It's going to take a long time especially with snowbirds coming into the community. They're going to have a real problem with not being able to do left hand turns."

We're told that for the first two weeks, Tucson Police will be handing out warnings to people who make an illegal left turn off of Grant.

Both Pima County and the city of Tucson will be analyzing their indirect left turn intersections to see if they actually are safe and do move traffic through more quickly.

Those are the two major goals.

"I think we have multiple goals," Assistant Tucson City Manager Albert Elias said. "I think one is to reduce delay for motorists. One is to make sure that turning movements are safer and then also making sure that pedestrian and bicyclist movements are safe. So we operationalize the intersection, we are going to have to monitor that.

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