Tucson Delivers Safe Streets - Traffic Alert Drexel Road & Park Avenue

Published on January 24, 2024

PROP 411 – TUCSON DELIVERS SAFE STREETS

TRAFFIC SIGNAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

On Thursday, January 25, 2024, crews from Next Generation Electrical, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM), are scheduled to remove old traffic signals and activate new traffic signal heads to include flashing yellow arrows at the Drexel Road and Park Avenue intersection. This improvement project is associated with the voter-approved Proposition 411 Tucson Delivers Safe Streets Program.

Work will take place from about 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., the same day. The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances.

During the work, the traffic signals will not be in operation. Lane restrictions will be in place at the intersection for all travel directions. Message boards are in place to alert the traveling public.

Law enforcement officers will be on site to direct travel through the intersection until the work is complete. The traveling public can expect delays when driving in the work area. Please obey all traffic control signs and watch for law enforcement officers and construction personnel in the area.

DTM is upgrading intersections throughout the community with flashing yellow left turn arrows to improve safety. Research has indicated that left turn collisions are reduced with flashing yellow arrows. The conversion to flashing yellow arrows also provides operational flexibility; during certain times of the day, left turns can be prohibited unless there is a green arrow. Also, when pedestrians want to cross parallel to traffic, left turning traffic can be stopped with a red arrow until the pedestrian has safely crossed the intersection.

During a flashing left turn arrow, motorists should yield to pedestrians, oncoming motorists and bicyclists and proceed with caution when turning left.

In May 2022, Tucson voters approved Proposition 411 (Tucson Delivers – Better Streets | Safe Streets), a 10-year half-cent sales tax extension to fund neighborhood street improvements (Better Streets) and systemwide street safety projects (Safe Streets). The total projected sales tax generated over this 10-year program is estimated to be $740 million with 80 percent, or $590 million, to be dedicated to neighborhood streets and 20 percent, or $150 million, to street safety projects. For more information about Tucson Delivers – Better Streets | Safe Streets, visit tucsondelivers.tucsonaz.gov/pages/better-streets-safe-streets.