Crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division today began installing plastic flexible posts to delineate bicycle lanes from the travel lanes on St. Mary’s Road from Interstate 10 to Main Avenue. As part of this pilot project for Downtown Links Phase II, crews are installing 48 delineators, approximately 30 feet to 40 feet apart on both eastbound and westbound St. Mary’s Road. The work is expected to be complete by Wednesday, April 30, 2014.
“The delineators create protected bike lanes and help bicyclists feel safer while traveling on City streets,” said Ann Chanecka, TDOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator. “This is another step forward in achieving a Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community rating from the League of American Bicyclists.”
TDOT will be evaluating the effectiveness of this pilot project and Chanecka said there are plans for additional protected bike lanes within the City’s urban core.
With the completion of the installation of the protected bike lanes, this will mark the end of the $7.3 million RTA-funded Downtown Links Phase II project that began in November 2012. The voter-approved, $2.1 billion RTA plan will be implemented through 2026. Details about the full plan are available at www.RTAmobility.com. The RTA has a nine-member board with representatives from local, state and tribal governments. While funded through the RTA, the above projects will be managed by TDOT.