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New construction on roads across the city of Tucson could also increase safety

New construction to begin on Tucson roads
Posted at 10:16 AM, Jan 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-28 12:16:48-05

TUCSON, AZ — The next chapter of construction on Tucson streets begins with the cut of a ribbon.

During a ceremony to kick off the construction, Mayor Rothschild says the money will be used to repair roads all across the city thanks to funding from Prop 101.

"And 101 followed successfully on the heels of 409. With 409 we were able to do $100,000,000 of road repaving, think about 900 miles of road lanes, under budget and ahead of schedule."

Mayor Rothschild says over the next five years, $100,000,000 of new revenue will be generated and used for road improvements. About $60,000,000 will be used for major roads and the remainder to repair local streets.

"We're going to be seeing Speedway, we're going to be seeing Congress, we're going to be seeing some work on Silverbell I believe and that's the west side but each part of the community received about an equal amount of road repair."

The Tucson Department of Transportation says the first package of the project costs about $6.5 million and begins on the west side of town with Starr Pass, which leads directly to the resort.

TDOT says Starr Pass won't be widened but after it is repaved but they do plan on re-striping the road in the benefit of bicyclists.