Citizen boosts safety at busy intersection

Gets Tucson to put arrow at busy intersection

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A Tucson man is feeling happy...and safer. 

A business boom---and the traffic that came with it, made him worry about driving through a busy intersection.

Three months ago we told the story of Marco Moreno's fight for a safer intersection at Park and Benson Highway.

Now in a Nine on Your Side follow up we can tell you about his success for safety.

There are times of day it can be worth your life to cross Benson Highway and make it onto Park.  But now there is a green arrow to stop traffic and help drivers safely cross Benson Highway and head north up Park.

Marco Moreno feels excited and blessed to see the green turn arrow he fought for.

"It'll cut down on accidents.  I'm very happy that the City of Tucson and Department of Transportation actually did it so, thank you."

Moreno saw traffic trouble mounting up when a shopping center on Park called Tucson Marketplace at the Bridges, built up, and took off.

He says, “First I started with a couple of emails, from there I went to social media when I was sort of getting ignored, I stepped it up, reached out to Ward 5, Mr Fimbres, reached out to the Mayor's Office.  Next thing you know the ball started rolling."

Moreno's push also included a story on KGUN9.

Councilmember Richard Fimbres once led the Governor's Office of Traffic Safety.  He saw the value of a green arrow at Benson and Park and urged TDOT to look into it.

TDOT did a traffic count and saw a jump that justified the turn signal.

Councilmember Fimbres says,  "I think it's a good win.  It's a good win for our community because it's a safety issue. And we want to ensure the flow of traffic is flowing properly; plus because of the Bridges, all the activity at the Bridges, you see an increase in activity there."

Fimbres says people with traffic safety concerns can contact Tucson Department of Transportation at 520-791-3154

And Marco Moreno has some advice for anyone urging the city to take care of a problem.

"Learn your facts. Be respectful and be patient and being respectful is probably the most important thing.  If there's one thing I learned in the military: You give respect, you get respect so this light is actually a true, true example of just that."

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