A group of state and local transportation officials spent several days last week evaluating the intersection where Congress Street, Toole Avenue and Fourth Avenue meet.
Tucson’s Director of Transportation Jim Glock said in an email that the official report will be issued at the end of May, at that point, he said he’ll attempt to find funds to improve the intersection.
Here is the group’s preliminary recommendations according to Glock’s email:
1. Paint a solid white lane line (or double white line) extending through intersection to discourage turning right onto Toole from middle lane
2. Place pavement word messages showing lane assignments for Congress, Toole
3. Refresh pavement markings
4. Add raised pavement markers to delineate the island and bulb-out at 4th and Toole.
5. Place “No right-turn on red” (except bikes) for south-bound 4th Ave. traffic at Toole/Congress.
6. Evaluate the sight distance from Toole Ave for consideration of “no right turn on red” signage for SE bound Toole Avenue traffic at Congress.
1. Make the outside lane right-turn only for 4th Ave, with right-turns for Toole made from the existing middle lane: drop outside lane at 4th Ave
1. Make Toole Ave one-way between 4th and 5th (or between 4th and entrance to Maynard’s)
2. Convert parking on Congress from 4th to 5th to right-turn lane. Lost parking can be reestablished on Toole and/or 5th. Consider closing Toole to through traffic between 4th and 5th.
What do you think about the suggestions?
Here is a video I shot riding through the intersection after a motorized bike rider was thrown from his bike and killed by a car.