Sixth Avenue’s two-way traffic to be extended
Construction to permanently convert Sixth Avenue from one-way travel to two-way travel has started and is extending the change to Drachman Street.
During the streetcar construction Sixth Avenue has been two way from Broadway Boulevard to Sixth Street. Currently the street is still one way from Speedway to Drachman.
Following the construction, which should be wrapped up at the end up August, Sixth Avenue will be two way for the entire length of the street.
Project manager Sam Credio said there will be a lot of work happening between now and the end of August. Crews will begin working on the pavement and converting traffic signals to allow for the two-way travel.
Ann Chanecka, Tucson’s bicycle and pedestrian program manager said there will be one travel lane in each direction with a center turn lane.
She said there will not be bike lanes, but there will be sharrows along the route.
Chanecka said the new configuration should slow drivers down. She said the current configuration with three lanes in one direction often made people treat the street like a freeway.
Credio said the project will also improve pedestrian amenities in the area.
The conversion will give cyclists and alternative route into downtown allowing bike riders to avoid riding along the streetcar line.
What do you think? Do you like the change?