ORO VALLEY, AZ (Tucson News Now)
Construction continues this week on Oracle Road, north of Tucson, as part of Arizona Department of Transportation's long term widening work.
State Route 77 (Oracle Road) will narrow to one lane in each direction between Tangerine Road and Eagle Crest Boulevard from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through July 30.
Crews have also shifted traffic in the area to the northbound side of SR 77 between Wilds Road and Vistoso Commerce Loop through the beginning of August. This will allow the construction of a new wildlife overpass in the area, according to an ADOT press release. Construction workers will also widen the southbound side of the road while traffic is shifted.
Oracle Road drivers will not be able to turn left in the area until the work is completed.
Traffic will then shift to the southbound side of State Route 77, beginning Thursday, August 6. This shift will last through the end of 2015, ADOT officials said.
As traffic shifts east, crews will work on the other side of the wildlife overpass on SR 77 and widen the northbound side of the road. North and southbound traffic will still not be able to turn left between Wilds Road and Vistoso Commerce Loop during this work.
Speeds are also reduced in this cone zone. ADOT said drivers must slow to 40 miles per hour on SR 77 between Tangerine Road and Rancho Vistoso Boulevard.. The maximum speed will be 35 miles per hour between Rancho Vistoso Boulevard and Eagle Ranch Crest Boulevard.
Multiple shoulders and turn bays will also stay closed. They will impact the following areas:
- Southbound State Route 77 between Vistoso Commerce Loop and Tangerine Road
- Southbound State Route 77 at Thistle Road
- Northbound State Route 77 at Golder Ranch Drive
Additionally, intermittent driveway closures will move into place through this summer. Look for crews paving, installing curbs and concrete driveways, as well as grading asphalt.
When driving through this or any construction zone, make sure to slow down, plan for delays and watch out for construction workers and bicyclists in nearby lanes.