Dead End Disappointment: ADOT project angers neighbors

Dead End Disappointment: ADOT project angers neighbors

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Homeowners in one southwest Tucson neighborhood are disappointed to see a dead end down their road, the result of an improvement project on Ajo Highway.

"It sucks," said Jay Hargrove, who lives on the corner of West Oklahoma Street, now being turned into a cul-de-sac.

Hargrove said when he purchased the home for his family in December 2014, access to the main roads of Tucson Estates Parkway and Ajo Highway played a big role.

"I was 500 feet away from pavement, and now I have to travel a mile and a half," said Hargrove.

Hargrove said the detours have been around for more than a year, with the Arizona Department of Transportation putting up 'street closed' signs in May of 2017.  He said it was just last month that he learned his street would be closed permanently, instead of having access to Tucson Estates Parkway.

"I mean, I have two classic cars that are being destroyed, my father in law has medical issues, now we have no access to the main road unless we go a mile, mile and a half out of our way," said Hargrove.

Hargrove's neighbor, Donald Eugene Metzger, is just as concerned with his new drive home.  Like Hargrove, Metzger said he's already had to pay for damage to his car, he said due to the gravel roads.

"A lot of inconvenience," said Metzger. "Nobody said a word."

Tucson News Now reached out to the Arizona Department of Transportation about the improvement project and were told that there were no surprises.  According to ADOT, there were two public meetings held in April 2012 and January 2013.  That was well before the Hargroves moved  to the area in 2014.

"A realtor's obligation is to disclose any material information that they have," said Laura Mance, office manager at Long Reality.  Mance said that may not include details in future detours.

"We can't anticipate what's going to be important to someone else," Mance said.

Mance said a realtor's purpose is to supply a potential buyer with the materials he or she may need to make a decision on whether to purchase that particular property.  She said it is important for the buy to do research, read all documentation and even talk to neighbors.

"It really is important to look at the neighborhood and envision what it's going to look like in the future," said Mance.

You can look up current and planned projects through ADOT's website.

A good tool to remember, especially if you are looking for a new home - with so many projects underway on the roads.

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