Left turns are no longer allowed from Ina Rd. directly onto Oracle Rd northbound or southbound in Tucson, AZ. The new indirect turning procedure has begun with the near completion of the Indirect Left Turn project being finished by the County. Drivers wishing to make those turns from Ina onto Oracle will proceed through the intersection and make u-turn at a left-turn lane several hundred feet past the intersection. According to Pima County Project Engineer Bob Roggenthen a key feature of the project is the double right turn lanes turning northbound from Ina onto Oracle. That will allow traffic normally backed up there to make quicker turns onto Oracle. He says they are still working on the timing and synchronizing of the lights and finishing up work on the islands for the new turning lanes. Photo taken on Thursday, September 5, 2013. Photo by Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star.

Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star

The indirect left turn at West Ina and North Oracle Roads has earned regional recognition.

The Southern Arizona Branch of the American Public Works Association named the effort as its 2014 Project of the Year in the category of "transportation under $5 million."

The project was meant to incease safety and enhance the aesthetic appearance of the intersection while handling increased traffic volume.

The Pima County Department of Transportation, Regional Transportation Authority, Town of Oro Valley, the Arizona Department of Transportation and contractor KE&G collaborated on the project.

Contact reporter Phil Villarreal at pvillarreal@azstarnet.com or 573-4130.