TRAFFIC: Where to watch for road work across Tucson, southern Arizona

TRAFFIC: Where to watch for road work across Tucson, southern Arizona
Road closed sign (Source: KOLD News 13)

Below is a list of traffic projects around southern Arizona.

The list was last updated Wednesday, April 14.

Houghton Road: April 14

Southbound traffic on Houghton Road will switch to the west side of the roadway from Valencia Road to Mary Ann Cleveland Way on Wednesday, April 14.

The Tucson Department of Transportation says northbound traffic is scheduled to switch onto the west side of the roadway on Monday, April 19.


Sanders Road: Through April 16

Crews will resurface the intersection at Sanders Road and Grier Road and the intersection at Sanders Road and Barnett Road on April 16.

Crews will also repair several small roadway segments along Sanders Road between Grier Road and Silverbell Road.

The road will be open to two-way traffic but will be restricted to one lane with a flagger.

Drivers can expect delays.

Work hours will be from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Bopp Road: Through April 16

Crews will pave the north side of Kinney Road on Tuesday, April 13, through Friday, April 16, between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The work will consist of paving the north side of Kinney Road and temporary striping. Once the work is completed traffic will be shifted to its final configuration.

Drivers should anticipate lengthy delays. Flaggers and Sheriff’s deputies will direct traffic through the work zone. Drivers are advised to find alternate routes.


Ina Road: Through April 22

Ina Road traffic will be shifted between Oracle Road and Pima Canyon Drive from April 1 to April 22 because of paving work.

Work hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Work will begin on the outside lanes, starting in the eastbound direction. Traffic will be shifted to the newly paved lanes as they are completed and milling and paving will continue on the inside lanes. One lane of traffic will be open in each direction at all times.

Temporary striping is scheduled for April 21-22.

Minor delays may occur during this work. Pima County Sheriff’s Deputies will be on site to monitor traffic.


Skyline Drive at Sunrise Drive: Through early May

The Pima County Department of Transportation, along with its contractor, Pima Paving, Inc., has deemed it necessary to modify the construction schedule associated with the intersection improvements project at Skyline Drive and Sunrise Drive due to a temporary materials shortage.

Drivers will encounter reduced speed limits as work begins Tuesday, Jan. 5, on a four-month project to improve the intersection of Skyline and Sunrise drives.

Work hours will be 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. each weekday.

This project will improve overall safety for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians at the intersection. Improvements include re-configuring the intersection to increase visibility for vehicles turning right onto westbound Sunrise Drive and bicycles traveling west on Sunrise Drive.


Sewer repair work: Through mid-May

April 12, 14-15

135 W. San Lucas Circle

April 13-15

4906 E. Oakmont Drive

April 13, 16

1150 W. Santo Domingo Circle

April 14

100 S. Langley Avenue

150 S. Langley Avenue

April 14-15

6515 N. San Ignacio Drive

April 14-16

6674 E. Placita Alhaja

8021 N. Northern Avenue

April 15

6534 E. Broadway Boulevard

April 16

655 W. Cool Drive

700 W. Cool Drive

771 W. Cool Drive

781 W. Cool Drive

Old Nogales Interceptor (ONI) Improvement Project: The contractor is excavating portions of right-of-way property on the north and south sides of the intersection of Ajo Way and Fair Avenue. Sewer lines will be installed beneath Ajo Way. This work will require the closure of Fair Avenue to all vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between Ajo Way and President Street. This part of the project is scheduled to be complete by mid-May 2021. For more information, please visit www.sewerimprovements.info or call the information line at 520-622-2527.


I-10 and Houghton Road: Through late 2021

Drivers should consider Rita Road and Wentworth-Collosal Cave Road as alternate routes to their commute.

An interchange reconstruction project will cause traffic adjustments through late 2021.

The work is part of a project to replace the current interchange with a Diverging Diamond Interchange. For more about the project, click HERE.

A diverging diamond interchange is being built at the I-10/Houghton Road interchange.
A diverging diamond interchange is being built at the I-10/Houghton Road interchange. (Source: Arizona Department of Transportation)

Bopp Road: Sarasota Boulevard at Kinney Road: Through spring

Construction crews began a project to realign Bopp Road on Monday, May 4. The project, expected to last until spring 2021, will realign Bopp Road to intersect with Kinney Road at Sarasota Boulevard, creating a four-legged intersection. The project will include a new traffic signal and intersection lighting, depressed medians, a raised median island, minor drainage improvements, paved shoulders, curb access ramps, landscaping and irrigation. Work hours will be from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Due to weather conditions, the Pima County Department of Transportation has extended water-line work on Sarasota Boulevard starting at Kinney Road. Completion date for this project will be in late February.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane and directed through the work zone by flaggers while crews install a 12-inch water line along Sarasota Boulevard and tie in with an eight-inch line on Sun Splash Drive. Drivers should expect minor delays during this work on Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


I-10, Ruthrauff Road interchange: Through late 2021

Artist's rendering of the future Ruthrauff Road interchange on I-10 in Tucson. (Source: Arizona Department of Transportation)
Artist's rendering of the future Ruthrauff Road interchange on I-10 in Tucson. (Source: Arizona Department of Transportation) (Source: Arizona Department of Transportation)

The Interstate 10/Ruthrauff Road traffic interchange is being reconstructed to improve traffic operations on both roadways.

Anticipated project timeline

  • Mid-Jan. 2020 - Construction begins
  • Winter/Spring 2020 - Interchange closure begins
  • Late Summer 2021 - Ruthrauff Road/El Camino del Cerro reopens over I-10 (the interchange/ramps will not be open)
  • Late 2021 - Interchange reopens to traffic

ADOT will maintain access to businesses throughout the project. The Chuck Huckelberry Loop will remain open throughout the project.

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