Long term construction project kicks off on Oracle Road - Tucson News Now

Long term construction project kicks off on Oracle Road

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Long term construction kicks off on Oracle Road Thursday. Plan for traffic headaches in the area for up to two years.

The project takes place between Tangerine Road and the Pinal County Line, as Oracle Road turns into State Route 77 heading north towards Globe.

Once complete, this construction will give way to three travel lanes in each direction on Oracle Road. Crews will also widen the shoulders in the area to make bicycle travel easier.

In addition, ADOT will add raised medians, better traffic signals and a brand new shared-use path on the east side of Oracle.

Regional Transportation Authority will help pay for an overpass and underpass designed for wildlife crossing. This should help reduce animal-car collisions and therefore improve the road's safety. 

Lane closures will be in affect throughout the work. However, a minimum of two lanes should stay open at all times, according to ADOT officials.

This $33.9 million road improvement project is funded by Arizona Department of Transportation, The Federal Highway Administration and the Regional Transportation Authority.

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