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The majority of Campbell Avenue from River Road to Skyline/Sunrise Drive is getting new pavement and bike lanes starting this week.
However, there is a 530-foot gap of road that may not receive bike lanes because it is too narrow.
Matt Zoll, Pima County’s bike and pedestrian program manager, said the area just north of the River Road and Campbell Avenue intersection is very narrow and a portion of it is City of Tucson jurisdiction.
Zoll said he has been meeting with traffic engineers and City of Tucson officials to attempt to add bike lanes to the gap.
The road is fairly narrow in that section and may not accommodate bike lanes in both directions. Zoll said if they can’t add bike lanes in both directions he’ll push for bike lanes in the northbound lane, which climbs up — meaning cyclists will be going slower. He also said he’ll push hard for “share the road” signs and sharrows on the street if bike lanes can’t be accommodated.
The current four-lane section of Campbell near Skyline/Sunrise Drive will be reduced to one travel lane in each direction.
Zoll is also working with the city to offer to re-stripe the section of Campbell Avenue south of River Road to the bridge to add shoulders.
The City of Tucson is currently conducting a study of the Campbell Avenue bridge to see if there is a way to better accommodate bicycle traffic.
One option is to eliminate the left turn lane over the bridge and re-stripe it to add shoulders for bicyclists.
The construction starts this week and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the month.