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  • Indirect left turn goes into effect at Ina and Oracle Road intersection

    Sep 06, 2013 | Read More News
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    Motorists are seeing a new left-turn process roll out at the intersection of Ina and Oracle roads.
    Indirect left turn
    If you’re headed west on Ina and want to turn left (south) on Oracle, it affects you now.

    Signs and signals will guide you through what’s called an indirect left turn. Left turns directly from westbound Ina onto Oracle are no longer allowed.

    Instead, you will proceed through the intersection as if you did not want to turn and then merge immediately into a left-turn lane. A traffic signal will stop oncoming eastbound traffic on Ina and you will make a U-turn onto eastbound Ina, move into the far right lane and turn right at the intersection onto southbound Oracle.

    1. Go through
    2. Make a U
    3. Then right at the light.

    As soon as the Pima County Transportation Department has completed the infrastructure for eastbound traffic turning onto northbound Oracle, the indirect left turn process will go into effect there, too.

    Engineering, traffic and safety studies indicate that indirect left turns:
    • Reduce car and injury crashes
    • Reduce traffic congestion and improve overall efficiency
    • Reduce fuel consumption (less idling at the intersection)

    The changes at the Ina and Oracle intersection are part of the $2.1 billion, 20-year Regional Transportation Authority Plan. The Pima County Transportation Department is managing the project.

    Indirect left turns will also become part of the Grant and Ina Road intersection. That project, also part of the RTA plan, is being managed by the City of Tucson.

    See a flier or watch a simulation about indirect left turns.