TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A popular walking route for Tucson hikers is closed for a few more days than originally anticipated, as the road up Tumamoc Hill is repaved.
Tumamoc Hill was closed on Jan. 22 so that the University of Arizona could repave the 1 1/2-mile road.
It was set to open Friday, Feb. 1, but was delayed because of weather. It is now scheduled to open to the public at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6 with a ribbon cutting and reopening ceremony scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9 at 10 a.m..
Construction crews were also set back when it was discovered a new machine was needed to finish paving.
“We are really excited to be back up on Tumamoc soon – we have missed it!” said Ben Wilder, director of Tumamoc Hill. “After more than three decades, the new road will look and feel better to those who use it to exercise, and it also will assist with the Desert Lab’s mission of research and education.”
The cost of the project is approximately $200,000. The UA will invest half, with the UA College of Science raising the rest through a crowdfunding campaign at crowdfund.arizona.edu/tumamocroad. To incentivize giving, Edith Sykes Lowell and David Lowell are providing a dollar-for-dollar match up to $50,000. Sykes Lowell is the granddaughter of Godfrey Sykes, one of Tumamoc Hill’s early scientists.
Tumamoc is an 860-acre ecological reserve and U.S. National Historic Landmark owned and operated by the UA in partnership with Pima County.
The Desert Laboratory at Tumamoc was created in 1902 for ecological research on the hill.