Construction to close portion of Lambert Lane for three months - Tucson News Now

Construction to close portion of Lambert Lane for three months

Lambert Lane will be closed for widening work for the next three months. (Source: Tucson News Now) Lambert Lane will be closed for widening work for the next three months. (Source: Tucson News Now)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Drivers can expect another headache on the northwest side starting Monday, March 13. 

Lambert Lane will be closed to through traffic from La Cañada Drive to La Cholla Boulevard for construction.

Oro Valley Transportation officials say the improvements will help ease traffic in the area, and will offer more options to people walking and riding their bikes.

Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians should use Naranja Drive as an alternate route during the closure.

The construction is the final part of the Lambert Lane Project that will eventually widen the road from two lanes to four.

Phase I was completed in 2013.

Phase II is will wrap up June 5, 2017.

According to Town of Oro Valley Communications Administrator Misti Nowark, the less than a mile stretch of road will cost $6 million dollars to improve.

Improvement projects, like this one, are rolled out when funds are made available through PAG, RTA and HURF (highway user revenue funds, which are derived from state fuel tax).

People living near the construction have mixed feelings.

Jesse Menza has lived on Lambert for more than 35 years.

He’s worried about his family's safety with more heavy-machinery moving into his quiet neighborhood.

“I have two grandkids that live out here. So we are always out whether there is construction or not, but just the fact that we are going to have additional equipment come here…It’s not good,” Menza said.

Another Oro Valley resident voiced frustration with all the roadwork on Lambert Lane, just steps away from her house.

“It happens like every two years," said Barb Ramutkowski. "Yeah very frustrating. It’s just a mess.”

To see the construction closure map, project renderings and contact information, click HERE: http://bit.ly/2mRZJT1

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