Pima County to begin second phase of $20 million road repair effortby Pima County News on Sep. 06, 2012, under Economic Development, Pima County, Southern Arizona, Transportation, Tucson
September will be a busy month for road crews as Pima County embarks on the latest phase of an ambitious $20 million plan to improve the surface condition of area roadways.
In early summer, Pima County wrapped up the first phase of the four-stage effort, putting $5 million into preserving pavement and rehabilitating 27 miles of collector and arterial roads throughout the unincorporated area.
Smaller neighborhood streets will begin to see some much-needed relief in the second $5 million phase of the project, expected to begin this month. The 77 miles of streets targeted for rejuvenation were identified as having some of the most critical needs in the County.
The third phase will again target major collector and arterial roads with $5 million in work over 20 miles, expected to begin this fall and completed in the spring.
Combined, those efforts amount to 124 miles of improvements.
Details of the final phase, to begin in the spring, will be fleshed out by the end of the calendar year.
“Reliable, well-maintained roads are an important investment in the future,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Ramón Valadez. “Not only does it ensure we have a foundation for economic growth and a strong quality of life, but these projects have an added benefit of making sure construction jobs remain intact.”
Last spring, in the first phase of the project, crews filled more than 21,300 potholes.
Fixing the roads before they deteriorate even further avoids having to make more costly repairs later.
Continuing diversions of County highway funding have had a damaging effect on our streets and highways.
Since 2002, funds swept by the state Legislature have eliminated $26 million in transportation revenues that otherwise would have been put to good use in keeping up with road demands.
In fact, even though upgrading 124 miles is a significant effort and expense, it still only covers 10 percent of the roads that fall under the category of “poor” or “failing.”
An expanded assessment of the conditions of the major street system will be completed in 2013.
Schedules and progress reports on the first three phases are available at Pima County’s home page, www.pima.gov. To report a pothole-related problem on a county road, please call 740-2639.