Roadway construction is largely complete at the intersection of Grant Road and Beverly Drive, creating a new, welcoming entryway to the campus of Tucson Medical Center.
Motorists heading west on Grant now have a right-turn deceleration lane at Beverly to make it easier to turn north into the campus. The fresh pavement offers motorists two lanes of traffic on Beverly heading toward the Emergency Department and the up-and-coming Orthopaedic and Surgical Tower. When leaving the campus on Beverly, vehicles have three lanes: left-turn, right-turn or straight ahead.
Still being finished is a dedicated drive that leads directly to the original entrance of the Emergency Department. Until that stretch opens in a couple of weeks, everyone headed for Emergency or other services in the west end of the hospital will continue using the West Entrance next to Emergency. This includes traffic headed for the Pediatric Emergency Department, which is back in its original location near adult Emergency after renovation.
Next, some final phases of road construction will begin soon in front of the new Orthopaedic and Surgical Tower, to prepare the remaining parking spaces, driveways and patient drop-off areas.
The new four-story hospital wing will open in 2013 with new clinics, patient rooms and surgical suites. In addition to handling nearly all surgeries for the hospital, the new tower will support an orthopaedic center of excellence run by TMC and Tucson Orthopaedic Institute. And TMC has built a new parking garage, has improved all hospital loop roads, and has begun a Founder’s Park at Grant and Beverly to honor important figures in TMC’s history.