TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Tangerine Road project is in its final stages.
The $65 million project, which is part of a 2-year $2.1 billion RTA program, began it's final phase of paving on Tuesday, May 29, from east of where Tangerine intersects Thornydale Road to west of La Canada Drive.
There are four things that contractors will be working on during the final paving, and each of those four things comes with their own set of restrictions.
The first- paving the outside lanes of eastbound and westbound Tangerine, east of Thornydale, to west of the La Cañada intersection, is set to run through Thursday, May 31. North and southbound traffic at the La Cholla intersection is not permitted while paving equipment is moving through the area. However, business access is still available.
The second-paving of the inside east and westbound lanes of Tangerine Rd., from east of Thornydale to west of La Cañada- is set to run through June 4. Restrictions include side street access onto Tangerine being restricted to right turns only and north/southbound traffic at La Cholla not be being permitted.
The third- the final lift of pavement for the left and right turn lanes at the Tangerine and La Cholla intersection- is set to take place solely on June 8. Contractors are going to pave the center of the intersection, along with the Tangerine Rd. Left turns will not be allowed from east or westbound Tangerine and North/southbound through-traffic will not be allowed either. Drivers will be re-directed to Tangerine.
And finally, the fourth stage- placing the final lift of pavement along north and southbound La Cholla, up to the Tangerine intersection- is set to be complete on June 12.
On June 11, traffic is going to be shifted to the northbound lanes while contractors pave the southbound lanes and traffic will go down to one lane in each direction. On June 12, traffic will be shifted to the southbound lanes while paving is done on the northbound side.
With all of that construction, and the nearly two years of construction, many drivers say they are more than ready for the project to wrap up on its set completion date of June 15.
But, one local says she wants road improvement work to continue in other parts of town.
"I don't think its too bad. We've lived here 30 years and I think they're doing a wonderful job. You know they've got to get the 4 lanes open soon. Guess what, I wish they'd get to the Thornydale next," said Tucson local Sherry Kubiszewski.
Kubiszewski has lived in the area for decades and she frequently has to drive along Thornydale to get to work. Even though she says it's been a long time coming with the Tangerine Road project, Kubiszewski had advice to offer to those losing patience with it.
"Stay calm. It'll be over soon. That's all you can do, just stay calm."
For more information on the Tangerine Road Project click here.