Road Runner: Barraza kin want ‘Aviation’ off road

2013-11-25T00:00:00Z 2013-11-25T14:46:12Z Road Runner: Barraza kin want ‘Aviation’ off roadJoe Ferguson Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Arizona State Route 210, which links downtown Tucson to the western edge of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, goes by a number of names.

But the Barraza-Aviation Parkway only half lives up to the memory of its namesake, former local labor leader and union activist Maclovio Barraza, his family says.

Barraza, who died from a heart attack while negotiating a labor contract in 1980, is fading from Tucson’s collective memory amid a new generation of residents.

His family is now on one last campaign to build a fitting memorial to him, asking the Tucson City Council to rename SR 210 the Maclovio Barraza Parkway.

Additionally, his son Frank said, they want to work with the Pima Arts Council to dedicate works of art along the midtown thoroughfare.

In 1994, the City Council changed the name from simply Aviation Parkway to its current name at a cost of roughly $40,000.

The family, along with several members of the Hispanic community, said it is time for the city to drop “Aviation” altogether and have been lobbying city leaders to make the change to honor the largely self-taught man.

Known as “Mr. Mac,” Barraza was active in registering Hispanics to vote in the 1960s. Barraza helped to found Chicanos Por La Causa and was the founding chairman of the Southwest Council of La Raza.

Frank Barraza is optimistic the name change could come as early as next year, noting he has support from members of the Tucson City Council.

He hopes, 24 years after his father’s death, they can finally put his name on the map and cement a lasting legacy in Tucson.

Road Q

Q: Nancy Jensen asks: “Why was the stoplight sequence changed for cars on East River Road at Sabino Canyon Road? It seemed to work much better before.”

A: The Pima County Department of Transportation made some changes to the traffic signal last April, writes Priscilla Cornelio, director for the Pima County Department of Transportation.

Before the new equipment was installed, all movements of eastbound traffic were served first, followed by all the westbound movements. The sequencing change to serve the westbound movements first, followed by the eastbound traffic, is consistent with the county’s signaling standards.

Down the Road

Crews with the Tucson Department of Transportation will continue to fog seal some city streets as part of the Prop. 400 bond package. On Monday and Tuesday, drivers should expect delays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. along 10th Avenue from 19th Street to 22nd Street and on 44th Street between 10th Avenue to 12th Avenue.

Similar delays should be expected on Wednesday at the Grande Avenue-Cushing Street roundabout between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Send your questions by email to roadrunner@azstarnet.com or to 4850 S. Park Ave., Tucson, AZ 85714. Please include first and last names.

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