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Old 04-18-2007, 06:08 AM
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I'm thinking of moving to Tucson. What's the traffic like there at rush hour going in and out of central/metro area or just anywhere getting around? Are there mostly 2 lanes each direction or 4? Thanks!
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Old 04-22-2007, 08:26 PM
Location: way out west
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Two lanes each direction (widens to 4 each as you close in on downtown area) mostly on I-10 and I-19, if you miss the construction zones.

As far as surface streets, that depends on which streets you need to travel on. The main north/south drags are Oracle Rd. and Swann Rd., which have at least 2 lanes each direction most of the time. The main east/west drags are Ina Rd., Speedway, Broadway, Cortaro Farms Road/MaGee, Tangerine, and Grant. They are a mix of 1 and 2 lanes each way, depending on construction conditions and location.

Time to get places? Also dependant on where and when. Rush hour isn't too bad here compared to a lot of other cities I have lived in, but can get frustrating in the winter when the snowbirds are here (northerners who just spend the winter). Give yourself an hour to get just about any where in town from anywhere else, and you're pretty well covered. Without knowing more detail on your specific needs, that's about as much as I can say. Other folks out there with some thoughts?
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Old 04-28-2007, 11:21 AM
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Just be prepared to have alot of money for the gas you will need You will spend alot of time driving long distances on surface streets in a sprawling type of area. Since we obviously are going to see $4.00 gas prices in much of the country soon, I would try to live and work and shopping areas as close to each other as I could get, unless money for gas was of absolutely no concern to me.
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Old 05-09-2007, 09:48 PM
Location: Pagosa Springs, CO/North Port,FL
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I have been here for 3 weeks and I think that I-10 traffic is the lightest I have ever seen in any city for a comparable interstate. During "rush" hour it takes me a whopping 30 minutes to drive 30 miles or so from Cortaro Farms Road to the Pima Mine Exit South of town. This is probally not the main commute route in Tucson, but there is just not much traffic on I-10.

You guys are lucky. Cheaper gas as well..it is a good 40 cents per gallon more back home in Gypsum,CO according to my wife.
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Old 05-10-2007, 06:36 AM
Location: hudson valley
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When I lived on the outskirts of tucson it would take me roughly 25-30 minutes up I-10 and I never really hit traffic, just when I would get close to my work which was near the u of a.

Hey, do they still have the "suicide" lanes? I always thought that way crazy. There would always be someone trying to make a left turn from it and causing all sorts of problems!
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Old 05-11-2007, 03:54 PM
Location: Northern VA
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Is the traffic going to be a problem on I-10 now that they are closing portions to do construction for the next 3 years?
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