ADOT work on I-19 causing traffic issues, frustrating drivers - Tucson News Now

ADOT work on I-19 causing traffic issues, frustrating drivers

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

For drivers heading north on I-19 just north of Pima Mine Road, backed up traffic is frustrating drivers.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is removing or cutting down trees and shrubs on both sides of the highway. They started in Nogales in January and they have been working their way up to Tucson. 

However that doesn't help drivers right now.  In order to trim the trees, ADOT shuts down one lane of traffic, turning two lanes of travel into one. This has caused a pretty big backup. Some drivers report it taking an extra 30 minutes to get through traffic.

Work is being done from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. peak traffic times for that highway. 

ADOT tells us the work is being done for driver safety. They say, I-19 is where they see a high number of crashes that involve cars and trees. So they're cutting the trees back 30 feet from each side of the median and the outside lanes.

ADOT officials say they expect to be done with this project by the end of the month.

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