Friday, February 4, 2011


In an effort to reduce the number of conflicts between pedestrians and motor vehicles on Starr Pass Boulevard just west of Interstate 10, the City of Tucson Department of Transportation is prohibiting northbound and southbound travel on Farmington Road across Starr Pass Boulevard.

Temporary barricades have been installed in the Starr Pass Boulevard median just west of Interstate 10. The barricades prohibit left turns onto Farmington Road from Starr Pass Boulevard, and prohibits pedestrians and motor vehicles from crossing Starr Pass Boulevard at Farmington Road. Pedestrians who want to access Gem Show vendors on Farmington Road are urged to use the crosswalk at the signalized intersection of Starr Pass Boulevard and the I-10 frontage road, which is approximately 75 feet from Farmington Road.

This temporary traffic control measure, as well as the lowering of speed limits along the I-10 frontage roads, are in place to protect pedestrians visiting Gem Show booths along the I-10 frontage road corridor. Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling in the area and watch for pedestrian traffic.

“The Gem Show is one of Tucson’s most popular attractions and invites people to park their cars and walk from vendor to vendor and show to show,” said City of Tucson Transportation Director Jim Glock. “Pedestrian safety during the gem show is our top priority and it is imperative we put measures in place to protect the public.”