Houghton Road improvements celebrated with ribbon cutting - Tucson News Now

Houghton Road improvements celebrated with ribbon cutting

Local dignitaries on hand to cut ribbon. (Source: Pima Association of Goverments) Local dignitaries on hand to cut ribbon. (Source: Pima Association of Goverments)
Part of the public art installed in the area. (Source: Pima Association of Goverments) Part of the public art installed in the area. (Source: Pima Association of Goverments)
Part of the public art installed in the area. (Source: Pima Association of Goverments) Part of the public art installed in the area. (Source: Pima Association of Goverments)
Night photo of the public art installed in the area. (Source: Pima Association of Goverments) Night photo of the public art installed in the area. (Source: Pima Association of Goverments)
Improvements to portion of Houghton Road. (Source: Pima Association of Governments) Improvements to portion of Houghton Road. (Source: Pima Association of Governments)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Several local dignitaries were on hand Tuesday morning, to celebrate the completion of the Houghton Road improvement project. 

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, RTA Vice Chair and Mayor of Sahuarita Duane Blumberg, Ward 4 Council Member Shirley Scott, and other area dignitaries cut the ribbon to signify the completion of a project that improved Houghton Road from Broadway Boulevard to 22nd Street.  

Enhancements included in the project were upgrading the roadway to a six-lane divided desert parkway, dual left-turn lanes, exclusive right-turn lanes and upgraded traffic signals. Other improvements were made to bike lanes, sidewalks, multi-use paths and bus pullouts, in addition to upgrades in drainage and all-weather crossings.  Landscaping with native plants, water harvesting, public art and the new Sun Tran Park and Ride were also part of the improvements in the area. 

Voters helped make this project possible by approving the $2.1 billion Regional Transportation Authority Plan, which will be implemented through 2026.  The plan is halfway through with projects that include roadway, safety, transit, environmental, and economic vitality improvements.  Several more projects remain, before the Houghton Road project can be considered complete. 

For more information on the project you can go online to http://www.tucsonaz.gov/projects/houghton-road.

For more on the RTA Plan click here.  

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