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"It's a pedestrian's nightmare": What's being done about a dark road on the northwest side

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"It's a pedestrian's nightmare": What's being done about a dark road on the northwest side

By Liz Kotalik. CREATED Dec 4, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Oracle near Rudasill is a stretch of road mostly illuminated by car lights and reflectors on the street.

Whether you're walking on the side of the road, or illegally across, many argue that you are essentially invisible.

Two people in the past two years have made that fatal mistake of crossing the road near this area.

It's a mistake DPS says Dominique Landreville made as well.

Her parents don't believe she was j-walking that night, but what is clear is that a girl with such a bright future was walking down an incredibly dark road with hardly any sidewalks.

"You can't see when you're walking," said one woman who walks the street on a nightly basis. "There's potholes, and I'm constantly stumbling."
 
"[I've] definitely gotten close to getting hit a few times," said another man.
 
Representative Ethan Orr says, it's a problem, and something has to be done.
 
"I would describe [this road] as a pedestrian's nightmare...there's no clear cut delineation between where you should be walking, where you should be crossing, and the drivers just can't see you."
 
After those two fatalities in this area, the Arizona Department of Transportation tells us they installed lights and crosswalks at the intersection of Oracle and Rudasill.
 
"ADOT has installed lights and crosswalks at the intersection, which is the preferred crossing for pedestrians in the area. The most recent crash along Oracle was not at the intersection - it was a few hundred feet away from the signal at Rudasill where a pedestrian crossed.
 
In terms of continuous roadway lighting, that is typically provided by the local jurisdictions. ADOT is examining this issue with our community partners and will continue to stress the importance of having pedestrians cross the road at the designated crosswalk."
 
Representative Orr said he will talk with ADOT about installing lights, crosswalks, and also implementing both driver and pedestrian education.
 
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Liz Kotalik

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Liz Kotalik is so proud to work in her home state of Arizona with her KGUN9 family. She anchors the 7 a.m. morning show "GMT Extra" on the CW Tucson every weekday, and also reports for later newscasts.