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N4T Investigators: Barrier Burden

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TUCSON- They're designed to make streets safer, but some say they're actually doing the opposite.

Some in the Northwest Neighborhood say these traffic barriers or chicanes impede traffic because of what's around them.

We met up with Brad Wilkinson on Elm Street and 4th Avenue while he was measuring the bushes and trees sticking out on the road.
 It may not be exactly accurate, but he's sure all the green surround these chicanes are out of control.

"It's hard to tell where they're supposed to be," said Wilkinson. "Five to ten feet sticking out on the road, on all sides of it and covering the sidewalk."

We noticed here at this intersection a truck completely stopped before a bicycle passed by.

"It's very very scary," said Robert Wilson who lives on Elm St. and says when the trees and bushes grow too large and too long, his vision becomes impaired.

"If they would just cut them it would be fine if you keep them trimmed," added Wilson.

One of those potential dangers some are concerned about is a driver not being able to see a pedestrian coming from the other side of the street. During an on camera demonstration, Bret Buganski took seven steps from the curb before you're able to see him completely on camera.

The News 4 Tucson Investigators found out it's not the City of Tucson that's responsible to trim and maintain the chicanes and what surrounds them, but for this area, it's Northwest Neighborhood Association.

"We've all got our own yards to take care of and other business to tend to so they've kind of gotten a little out of hand," said John Dahlstrand, vice president of Northwest Neighborhood Association who admits the trees and bushes are getting too long, and could be obstructing a driver's view.

"If we're impeding traffic, I don't know if that's a bad thing because we want to slow it down," said Dahlstrand.

Chicanes are designed to control traffic similar to round-abouts and speed humps, but some feel chicanes fall short and make it more dangerous given what's growing around them.

"With college kids and stop signs and people coming and going, cars will be going faster than they should down here in the neighborhood," said Wilkinson.

But Dahlstrand says the neighborhood association will be trimming them in the near future.

The N4T Investigators asked the question, "when can people expect the trees and bushes to be trimmed out?"

"That I'm not sure, hopefully it's going to be soon," said Dahlstrand.

If you have a story for the N4T Investigators email investigators@kvoa.com or call the tipline 520-955-4444.

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