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 Friday, Oct. 30.

Thornydale Road, River Road, Orange Grove, Costco Loop: Nov. 2-6

The town of Marana will be completing roadway maintenance on Thornydale Road, River Road, Orange Grove Road, and Costco Loop. Work will start on November 2 and end on November 6. Work will take place between the hours of 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Traffic will be affected for short periods of time due to minor single lane closures.

Coronado Drive from Fry Blvd to Martin Luther King Jr. pkwy: Nov. 9 through mid-December

Coronado Drive will be closed north of Fry Boulevard to Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway/Moorman Avenue for a pavement replacement project starting on Monday, Nov. 9.

The closure will be in place for the duration of the project, which is expected to be completed in mid-December. The complete closure of the roadway will allow the project to be finished as quickly as possible.

Detours will be in place; however, drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes to avoid the area until the project is completed. Businesses with access along this section of Coronado Drive can still be accessed from Fry Boulevard.

Bopp Road at Kinney Road: Nov. 3-10

Bopp Road will be closed at Kinney Road from Nov. 3-10 as work continues on the Bopp Road/Sarasota Boulevard alignment.

Drivers can take Donald Avenue or Tucson Estates Parkway to access Bopp Road.

Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thornydale Road, Rudolf Drive to Canada del Oro Wash: Through Oct. 30

The town of Marana will be performing road maintenance on Thornydale Road from Rudolf Drive to Canada del Oro Wash from Oct. 26 to Oct. 30.

Both northbound and southbound lanes will be affected.

Work will take place from 4 a.m. to 12 p.m. Traffic will be restricted by single-lane closures.

Crack seal treatments: Nov. 2-3

Drivers can expect lane restrictions and reduced speed. Sheriff’s deputies, flaggers and pilot cars may be present assisting traffic through the work zone.

  • Camino del Toro between Echo Vista Drive to Melpomene Way 
  • Harrison Road from Sahuarita Road to Camino del Toro

Sewer repair work: Through late 2020

Mabel Street: Through late 2020, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Crews will install sewer lines and manholes along Mabel Street between 13th Avenue and Sixth Avenue in the vicinity of the Pima Community College Downtown Campus. Expected project completion is late 2020.

Traffic impacts:

Mabel Street east of Stone Avenue: The following restrictions will be in place on Mabel Street east of Stone Avenue through approximately mid-November while the contractor continues excavating, and installing new sewer pipe:

  • Access to Stone Avenue from Mabel Street will not be permitted.
  • Mabel Street between Stone and Sixth Avenues will be closed to all but local traffic.
  • Northbound and southbound access on Seventh Avenue at Mabel Street will be maintained.
  • Vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle travel on Stone Avenue will not be impacted by this work.

Mabel Street west of Stone Avenue: Crews are installing sewer line along Mabel Street crossing Main Avenue and

continuing toward Thirteenth Avenue. This work will be conducted at night, and will continue through Friday,

Oct. 30.

  • Work will take place from 6 pm to 5 am week nights (no work on Friday night or Saturday night).
  • Main Avenue will be open with one travel lane in each direction as crews trench across the roadway and shift traffic from one side of the roadway to the other as work progresses.
  • Westbound turns from Main Avenue to Mabel Street will not be permitted.

For more information and a map of the area, go to

Oct. 26-30

713 E. Elm Street

Salida del Sol (off Sunrise Drive east of Swan Road): Lift station rehabilitation. This is a multi-month project within a neighborhood. Watch for intermittent flagman set-ups on Salida Del Sol south of Sunrise Drive.

Oct. 29-30

10515 N. Oracle Road

5400 N. Casa Grande Highway

Adonis neighborhood, multiple streets: Through early 2021

Construction crews are in the Adonis neighborhood to reconstruct roadways, including Adonis Road, Galleno Avenue, Warfield Circle, and Lettuce Lane, and to build a retention basin.

Crews will typically be present Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. The project is currently scheduled to be completed in early 2021.

Flaggers will be present or directional signs and traffic control devices will be set up to detour vehicles around active work areas.

Normal traffic patterns will be affected and may be restricted to one-way travel in certain areas. Access to residences will be maintained at all times.

I-10 and Houghton Road: Through Nov. 17

An interchange reconstruction project will cause traffic adjustments through the middle of November.

The entrance ramp from Houghton Road to eastbound I-10 and the exit ramp from westbound I-10 to Houghton Road are also closed. The closure will last until just before Thanksgiving.

During the closure, traffic will be detoured to the Wentworth Road/Colossal Cave interchange and Mary Ann Cleveland Way. The I-10/Rita Road interchange will also serve as an alternate route after bridge repairs there are completed.

The Houghton Road bridge over I-10, the entrance ramp from Houghton road to westbound I-10, and the exit ramp from eastbound I-10 Houghton Road will remain open.

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

Drivers should proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down and watch for construction personnel and equipment.
Drivers should proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down and watch for construction personnel and equipment. (Source: ADOT)

Bopp Road: Sarasota Boulevard at Kinney Road: Through spring 2021

Construction crews will begin 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.

I-10, Ruthrauff Road interchange: Through late 2021

OVERNINGHT Sept. 8-9: Drivers on eastbound I-10 near Ruthrauff Road should expect overnight lane restrictions Tuesday night, Sept. 8, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Eastbound I-10 will be reduced to a single lane between Orange Grove Ruthrauff roads. The entrance ramp from Sunset Road to eastbound I-10 will close.

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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