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Frustrated drivers asking for Houghton Road improvements

Posted at 5:39 PM, Jan 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-12 21:47:13-05
After a Pantano High School student was killed along Houghton Road this week, community leaders are asking the county to fix the road and make improvements.
 
Enough is enough was the message from concerned residents. 
 
The frustrations from drivers are along Houghton Road south of Interstate 10 to Sahuarita. 
 
"We're not making preventative measures on this road," said a resident.
 
"They don't obey the 50 miles per hour speed limit," said another resident.
 
Sixteen-year-old Julian Belin was killed on his way to school Tuesday morning.
 
The driver, arrested after he was under the influence of alcohol attempting to pass another car in a no-passing lane. 
 
After losing control, the car rolled over and ended up in the desert. 
 
"There's no road to move off to, and accidents will happen."
 
While Houghton is the fastest road connecting Vail and Corona de Tucson to Tucson, many say it's the riskiest road with no room for error.
 
While speed was the hot topic, flooding, traffic and lack of lanes were brought up, urging Supervisor Steve Christy to do a total reconstruction of this road. 
 
"What I would like to see is two lanes, each direction, 50 miles an hour road, a couple of stop lights that are at least utilized during the fair events," said Christy.
 
Supervisor Christy says there are a lot of moving parts to the issues brought up. 
 
"I think the speed is just a symptom of a poorly designed, constructed and maintained roadway. And again all it takes is money," said Christy. "I don't know if it's going to require a redesign of the area, more law enforcement or both."
 
Christy says he doesn't know how he will do it but he will address this issue to the county.