Editor’s note: This is Joe Ferguson’s last week as the Road Runner. Next week reporter Jamar Younger takes the wheel of this column.
The four miles of North Silverbell Road between West Ina Road and El Camino del Cerro are slowly crumbling away.
The Regional Transportation Authority doesn’t have plans to reconstruct this section of road for at least a decade.
Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson is floating a proposal to get repair work underway, possible in about a year, but it will require buy-ins from the town of Marana and the city of Tucson.
The several miles of the two-lane road are within the boundaries of the county, Marana and Tucson.
Marana controls the largest portion, roughly 48 percent, while Pima County is responsible for 34 percent and the remainder is under the control of Tucson.
Bronson is proposing to jointly fund road maintenance along Silverbell prior to the planned reconstruction of the road as part of the RTA project.
The Marana Town Council will discuss the proposal at its regular meeting Tuesday. A spokesperson for Tucson said the city is evaluating the proposal.
Bronson will still need support from her colleagues on the Pima County Board of Supervisors for the proposal to have life, but getting support from other jurisdictions could help her sway colleagues at county budget discussions in the coming weeks.
Historically, county transportation funds have largely gone to transportation projects along heavily-traveled main roads.
Down the Road
- Crews working with the Arizona Department of Transportation will close one lane on Interstate 10 this week along a three-mile segment near Marsh Station Road east of Tucson. Eastbound I-10 will be narrowed to one lane daily from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. today through Friday to allow crews to work on the newly constructed median.
- Drivers on Kolb Road between East Golf Links Road and East Grant Road/Wilmot Road as well as East 22nd Street between South Kolb and South Swan roads should expect delays this week starting Tuesday morning. Crews with the Tucson Department of Transportation will be milling and repaving the streets.
- Drivers should also expect delays along South Houghton Road from Interstate 10 to East Dawn Road, near the Pima County Fairgrounds, as crews repave the road. The city work, which was scheduled to begin Sunday night, is expected to be completed by late Friday. Crews will work from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. on this project.