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More indirect left turns coming to Tucson intersections

Posted at 8:10 AM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 19:03:10-05

Five years ago, the first indirect left turn popped up in Tucson on the northwest side. They are also referred to as 'Michigan lefts.' 

Most recently, you may have seen them at intersections in Midtown, along Grant at First and Stone Avenues

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Just about everyone has an opinion about the indirect left turns. They can be confusing, but they aren't going away. Drivers can expect to see more 'Michigan lefts' around Tucson soon.

Construction is under way on Drexel Road and Benson Highway, where two indirect lefts will be implemented by next summer. 

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It's too early to tell how the indirect lefts will affect businesses in the area, but the construction is what Rolando Valenzuela says is already affecting traffic into his store, Super Carniceria El Rodeo. 

"The customers say it's very difficult to access my business cause they need to do another U-turn, and things like that," Valenzuela said. 

As Tucsonans become more familiar with indirect left turns, both Pima County and the city claim they're gas saving, create a shorter wait at traffic lights, and are ultimately safer for drivers and pedestrians. 

Now is a good time to get familiar with indirect lefts because next year, drivers can also expect to see them at Kolb and Valencia.