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TDOT discusses safety measures for public art

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City officials believe the thunderstorms that moved through Tucson Thursday are responsible for a toppling public art installation on Kino Parkway and 22nd Street.

While the overpass reopened and no injuries were reported, this leaves drivers questioning if a similar incident could happen again.

Tucson Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) Sam Credio says all the art structures on the Kino overpass are similar, so it’s important to have each structure reevaluated. He says, “The design was done by a structural engineer. The plan was stamped by a structural engineer. So we want to find out why this in particular was the one to fall over."   

The National Weather Service (NWS) Tucson confirmed that gusts up to 45 mph were reported in the area, with possible localized wind gusts exceeding this number.

However, TDOT says this structure should be able to withstand the wind. Credio states, “The structures when they are designed, are designed for hurricane wind loads, and that goes for all the structures you see out there."

To be classified as hurricane winds, winds must be sustained at a minimum of 74 mph.

Regional Transportation Authority allocates 1% of its project costs to public art. Across town, art can vary greatly in terms of shape and structure.

The specifics as to why this structure broke still remain unknown at this time and is still under investigation. TDOT says if you see something such as storm debris or down trees, let TDOT know immediately by contacting them at (520) 791-3154 or at tdotconcerns@tucsonaz.gov.

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