SR 80 - Fremont St project kicks off near Tombstone

SR 80 - Fremont St project kicks off near Tombstone

TOMBSTONE, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Arizona Department of Transportation has started a roadwork project to improve the appearance of State Route 80 near Tombstone.

The $1 million construction project, which involves narrowing the roadway, will replace existing sidewalks along State Route 80, locally known as Fremont Street. This will take place between Third and Sixth Streets. Crews will narrow the roadway from 68 feet to 44 feet and build new curbs.

This tighter street will give pedestrians more room to cross the highway in this popular tourist town.

The project originally kicked off on Wednesday, August 19 with road restrictions beginning on Thursday, August 20.

Workers began by replacing a water damaged section of Schieffelin Hall, which was built in 1881 at the corner of Fremont Street and Fourth Street.

Sidewalks and curbs will also be replaced in the area, in order to meet Americans With Disabilities Act requirements. ADOT will also add lighting while they remove and consolidate nearby driveways.

This should only impact drivers slightly, but the project should greatly affect pedestrians.

The State Route 80 - Fremont Street project should wrap up by the middle of 2016.

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