City of Tucson issues report on the streets they paved in FY13

2013-06-26T12:16:00Z 2013-06-26T14:38:41Z City of Tucson issues report on the streets they paved in FY13Joe Ferguson Arizona Daily Star
June 26, 2013 12:16 pm  • 

The city of Tucson measured exactly how far $20 million can go when put into road construction.

The number? About 60 lane miles .

Tucson city officials have stated the one-time use of $20 million in refinanced HURF funds have gone to mill and resurface six major intersections. They include:

- Alvernon Way – 22nd Street to Palo Verde Road 

- Craycroft Road – Grant Road to the Rillito River

- Golf Links Road – Craycroft Road to Kolb Road

- Mission Road – Starr Pass Boulevard to Ajo Way

- Oracle Road – Miracle Mile to Drachman Street

- Stone Avenue – River Road to Wetmore Road

In addition to the arterial and collector streets that were resurfaced, crews chip sealed four different neighborhoods within the city limits.

The city will start a new round of construction in July, fueled by the $100 million from the voter approved Prop 409.  

Roughly $85 million of the 409 funds will go into major streets over the next five years while another $15 million will be used to fix yet-to-be-identified neighborhood or industrial streets.

From the press release:

As the end of Fiscal Year 2013 approaches on June 30, 2013, the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) is completing the $20 million Fiscal Year 2013 Pavement Preservation Program approved by the Mayor and Council in May 2012. Nearly 60 miles of City streets were rehabilitated through this program. TDOT employed a variety of paving operations depending on the existing pavement conditions on the various streets, which included fog sealing, micro-surfacing and milling (removing asphalt) and repaving.

The funding – a one-time allocation for FY 2013 – was made available through refinancing Highway User Fund (HURF) debt, the reallocation of HURF money and City General Fund money.

“The response from the citizens of Tucson has been extremely positive,” said TDOT Director Daryl W. Cole. “TDOT staff and our contractors showed the public how committed we all are to improving our transportation infrastructure. And thanks to voters who in November approved the street bonds, we have five more years and $100 million to invest in improving our roadways.”

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild said: “I’m glad we were able to jump-start the road bond with these early repairs. The next five years will show marked improvement on a number of Tucson streets.

As part of the 2013 Pavement Preservation Program, the streets that were milled and repaved were:

- Alvernon Way – 22nd Street to Palo Verde Road 

- Craycroft Road – Grant Road to the Rillito River

- Golf Links Road – Craycroft Road to Kolb Road

- Mission Road – Starr Pass Boulevard to Ajo Way

- Oracle Road – Miracle Mile to Drachman Street

- Stone Avenue – River Road to Wetmore Road

In addition to the arterial and collector streets that were resurfaced, crews chip sealed four different neighborhoods within the City limits.

In November 2012, City voters approved a Street Bond Program. This Road Recovery Program will allow the City to invest $100 million to restore, repair and resurface more than 200 miles of City streets over the next five years. All street repair work will be performed by private sector companies, ensuring that the bond funds enhance the local economy. Work will begin in early July 2013.

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