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ADOT asks drivers which direction to take the next five years

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Improving Ina Road and separating it from the railroad tracks at I-10 was supposed to start in three years.  That might wait one more.

On Friday, ADOT is asking southern Arizona drivers how it should handle the long haul on less money for the next five years.

A quick example is the condition of our Interstate highways.

If we focus on preserving our current roads, the Interstates will stay in decent shape until after 2031.

If we focus on building new major projects, maintenance will slide, and Interstates will drop below pavement standards in 2017.

And, if the state does a combination of the two, the Interstates will last till 20-21.

ADOT says these choices result from a drop in gas taxes revenues, vehicle registration revenues, and federal money.  The department said that it must cut $350 million Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017.

"I believe that they should focus primarily on maintenance.  The idea of expanding their projects is great.  But unless you take care of what you already have in place I think it's pretty futile to spend money on new stuff," said driver Terry Rauman.

"I would figure just paving first.  There's way too many streets, they're out of control, potholes all over the place," said driver Johnny Sanchez.

ADOT's open house on the five year plan from 2014 through 2018 starts Friday morning at nine at the Pascua Yaqui Justice Center, Albert V. Garcia Auditorium, 7777 South Camino Huivism, Bldg. C, Tucson, AZ 85757.

That's west of Camino de Oeste and south of Casino of the Sun.

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