Residents on southwest side frustrated over delays with road project

Published: Jun. 18, 2018 at 11:20 AM MST|Updated: Jun. 20, 2018 at 12:19 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - People living on the southwest side of Tucson said they're frustrated because of delays with a construction project along Ajo Way.

The project, aimed at widening the busy corridor between Kinney and Valencia roads, has been underway since 2016.

Christine Nason lives off Ajo Way and uses the road to travel to work or d rop her kids off at school. She said she was told the project was supposed to be finished back in January.

The busy mom said the changes on the traffic boards are making it difficult to plan her day. She said while she thinks widening the road is necessary, she just wants consistency.

"Ajo gets a lot of traffic, and it's grown so much out here and the neighborhoods and all the homes that are being built out here. It's definitely needed, but it's just, they don't have any consistency to what they're doing and it's just pure frustration," she said.

ADOT's website said the project is scheduled to be complete this summer. However, a spokesperson said the final work is now expected closer to October.

The department said they hit several issues, sparking the delays.

They said weather during last year's monsoon tacked on more time along with underground work. ADOT said workers dug up underground pipes and realized there was more work to be done.

Most recently, paving issues set workers back.

Workers will be finishing up the intersection of Kinney and Ajo for the next couple of weeks.

Drivers are asked to give themselves some extra time – 20 minutes if using Kinney and 10 minutes if using Ajo Way.

Aside from widening Ajo Way to two lanes in each direction, the project also includes adding new traffic signals, improving connections to local streets and adding landscaping.

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