TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - East side drivers can expect slowing along Houghton Road, as long term roadwork continues through the fall.
City of Tucson construction workers are currently focusing on Houghton Road between 22nd Street and Broadway. This portion of the project kicked off in March of 2015. It should go through September of this year.
Crews will first work on water lines, storm drains and box culverts on the east side (northbound) of the roadway. Once this portion is done, workers will construct temporary pavement for traffic flow. They'll then move to the west side (southbound) of the road.
This will mainly take place between 6:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, depending on the heat of the summer.
Tucson Department of Transportation will also improve the water lines below adjacent residential streets. Traffic will narrow to one lane for this. Officials expect work to last about one day per side street. Flaggers will be on site to guide cars through the construction.
Crews will also relocate dirt in the future to improve a portion of 22nd Street. They will remove this from Houghton Road and move it to 22nd Street, so motorists can look forward to improvements just east of Houghton Road.
TDOT recently completed widening and improvement work at the intersection of Broadway Boulevard and Houghton Road. This is nearly complete, workers just need to install bus shelters at the intersection's bus stops.
This is all part of long term work to widen Houghton Road, from Tanque Verde Road to Old Vail Road. This multi-year project should last at least through 2016.
For more information on this project, you can visit http://www.tucsonaz.gov/projects/houghton-road