Road runner: Reader Q&A: Why is Sabino-Kolb link not under way yet?

2013-02-25T00:00:00Z 2014-07-08T11:20:00Z Road runner: Reader Q&A: Why is Sabino-Kolb link not under way yet?Becky Pallack Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Road Runner has been running around getting answers to a bunch of good questions from you. Keep 'em coming!

Here are a few answers to your questions about major road construction projects.

• Road Runner regular Jim Kelly wants to know: What's the holdup on the Sabino Canyon-Kolb Road extension? "When can we expect progress to resume, and when will it be finished?" he writes.

The first phase, which was a redo of the Tanque Verde-Sabino Canyon intersection, was completed last year.

Before the city can start the second phase, which connects Sabino Canyon and Kolb Road next to Udall Park and then across the Pantano Wash, it needs an important environmental clearance. Right now it's trapped in red tape at the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Once that's cleared up, the city is ready to start construction in December, said city Transportation Administrator Andy McGovern.

• Jeff Britt wrote to Road Runner about the train crossing on 22nd Street between Park and Fourth avenues.

"I know this is supposed to be addressed. I just don't know if I'll live long enough to see it," he said.

Road Runner has no good news to share. The project is on hold, said Regional Transportation Authority official Jim DeGrood.

The RTA has money to do the design work on 22nd Street between Interstate 10 and Country Club Road, but it's probably five to seven years away, he said.

• D.J. Adam asks, "Why isn't there a temporary left-turn lane at 22nd and Cherrybell?"

The construction project at the 22nd Street-Kino Parkway intersection sometimes means westbound traffic backs up past Cherry Avenue.

Besides fixing the Kino intersection, the project also will make changes to the 22nd-Cherry intersection, including a protected left-turn lane in the median, said city project manager Fred Felix.

In the meantime, with westbound traffic down to one lane due to some excavation work, Road Runner recently noticed drivers going around construction barriers to access the existing left-turn lane.

That's not the safest thing to do. For now, try using Silverlake Road as an alternate route to the post office on Cherrybell Stravenue.

DOWN THE ROAD

• Heads up, travelers! Interstate 10 will be closed overnight on March 8 between Vail and Benson while crews demolish the old Pantano Union Pacific Railroad Bridge.

Either get where you're going early that day or prepare for a two-hour detour through Sonoita and Benson.

• Traffic on Cortaro Farms Road between Magee and Thornydale roads will be shifted to the newly constructed north-side lanes beginning today. The project is entering the final phase and should be done by May.

• The RTA has three meetings about upcoming projects this week.

For info about Tangerine Road between La Cañada and Interstate 10, there's a meeting at 6 tonight at Oro Valley Council Chambers, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive.

For info about the Valencia-Kolb intersection, there's a meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Pima Air & Space Museum, 6000 E. Valencia Road.

And for info about Broadway between Euclid and Country Club, there's a meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Sabbar Shrine Hall, 450 S. Tucson Blvd.

• Cyclovia Tucson is trying to raise $8,000 to pay for barricades, police officers, and insurance for two car-free street parties in April. Go online to kck.st/YGh9em to donate.

ROAD Q

Edward Reid noticed the traffic light at Beverly Avenue on East Grant Road is out of sync with the rest of Grant Road.

The sensor may have been changed during construction in the area, he writes. "Is there any way someone can take a look?"

A: Michael Hicks at the Tucson Department of Transportation took a look and found you are right, Edward.

The "southbound detector loops at this intersection were damaged" during construction, he said in an email.

"The contractor is aware of their responsibility to reinstall and reconnect the detection loops," Hicks said. "Work is not yet complete, but the intersection will be returned to normal operation as soon as possible."

Send your Road Q 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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