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Construction barricades make crossing difficult

Posted at 6:22 PM, Jan 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-29 12:56:29-05

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -  For pedestrians, and cars, construction at Grant and Silverbell creates a real obstacle course that requires sharp eyes to see through the clutter and sharp reflexes to move or not move to keep out of trouble.

Andrew Torres rides and walks through the area to get to work.  He feels lucky he hasn't seen an accident or been in one.

Torres said, "I have to wait until these people go past.  I have to make sure that I can get out into this traffic area without people going east without them hitting me."

Torres says he understands construction will almost always be disruptive but thinks the city can do more to ease the confusion.

Silverbell project manager Joe Chase said, "The city is working to make crossing there safer and easier."

Recently, they have added signs at the intersection and they hope to do more.

Chase said, "I think we can increase signage ever further.  We recently added signs at the intersection.  We can look to place a few more, try to make it clearer for pedestrians that these are the safe zones they can enter to make sure they are correctly using the barriers and they're waiting behind the barrier when they're crossing the intersection."

Things will get better for pedestrians.  We saw proof as workers poured new sidewalks and Andrew Torres predicts that Silverbell and Grant will be better than before the construction.

Part of Andrew Torres complaint is that crews tore up all four corners, but then worked on one or two corners at a time.  He asks why not do one corner at a time and have less disruption for pedestrians?
The city says it really does try to limit work to one, maybe two corners at a time, but in this case problems with contractors and weather led to digging at all four corners.