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Tucson sets aside additional $14 million for residential road repair

City of Tucson pothole in neighborhood
Posted at 6:48 AM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 13:28:01-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — As a 200-year-old city, Tucson's roads are showing signs of wear and tear.

"There are some areas in our city, especially neighborhoods that are historic neighborhoods, that have historic roads," said Tucson Mayor, Regina Romero.

Neighborhoods are where Romero sees the highest need for road repair. Those areas will be the target of a $14 million fund that was recently approved by city council.

"76% of our residential roads are in failing condition. The need is absolutely there. We need to start the process as soon as humanly possible," said Romero.

Romero said residential road repair will happen over the next 12 to 18 months. The fund comes to the City of Tucson in the form of a bond, which was passed by Tucsonans in the polls a few years back.

"I have been walking in our neighborhoods throughout the City of Tucson. It's not in one particular area. It's not in one particular district. It's throughout the City of Tucson," said Romero.

The City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility has already started planning where construction will happen, according to Romero.

"I know that it can be inconvenient, but it's worth the inconvenience when the investment is happening," said Romero.

The $14 million residential road repair project is in addition to the $12 million the City of Tucson already set aside to fix streets in 2021. Romero said the city's efforts are just the tip of the iceberg.

"This is not the end. This is in addition to what we already do in a calendar and fiscal year. We will continue striving for additional investment in our roads," said Romero.

To report poor road conditions in your neighborhood, call (520) 791-3154 or download the City of Tucon's app for Android or iPhone.