20 years after the fact, Thornydale gets a facelift

20 years after the fact, Thornydale gets a facelift

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - 20 years ago, residents on Thornydale were promised a four lane road along with pedestrian sidewalks and bike paths.

That promise was never kept because the money for the project was allocated somewhere else.

So Thornydale, North of Cortaro Farms Road, which carries nearly 30,000 cars a day, deteriorated until it is what it is today, a failed road.

The county put off any improvements hoping to find the $20 million to fund the widening project but the money never came.

"When you're talking about replacing your tires every two years because the roads are so worn down, that could out of your pocket," said Lisa Stewart, who bought her home in the area six years ago. "That's a personal budget issue."

Stewart said when she and her husband moved in, "the story was we were getting funding for this road."

"We know it probably needs to be widened today but we don't have the revenues to widen it," said Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. "But we do have the revenues to reconstruct it so it's safe to drive on."

"It's dangerous, it's very dangerous," said Stewart. "There have been plenty of accidents out here."

The county used a mix of funds from the 1997 bond election and savings from other projects to come up with $16 million that will be used to finish 45 projects, 36 of them failed roads.

The reconstruction of Thornydale is high on the list because of its high traffic volume.

The project should start in late 2018 or 2019.

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