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Published on May 23, 2024
Tucson Drivers Alert: Road Work on Tucson Boulevard to Cause Commute Delays Starting in MaySource: Google Street View

Brace yourselves, Tucson drivers. A significant road work project is set to jam your commute on Tucson Boulevard, spanning from Sixth Street to 22nd Street. As reported by the City of Tucson, Southern Arizona Paving, will kick off these improvements on Tuesday, May 28 part of a voter-approved initiative to spruce up the Collector Streets around town.

Tar and trouble are what's on the horizon come mid-June, with crews expected to grind down the weary top layer of road and lay down a fresh coat of asphalt. Lane closures, inevitable congestion, and the headache of navigating around construction will be on tap, as one travel lane in each direction will remain open, as well as access to driveways for both residents and businesses.

Be prepared for the weekday grind if you're traversing these parts, as the operations are scheduled from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. If all goes according to plan, and the skies don't open up to douse the project, Tucsonans can expect wrapped-up work by early July.

However, don't get your hopes up for a swift cruise at the Broadway and Tucson Boulevard intersection—the project's scope doesn't cover that stretch of the road. Electronic signs will give motorists a heads-up about the upcoming chaos. Keep in mind, the schedule can flip on a dime due to unpredicted weather or other hiccups along the way.

Looking back, the Tucson Mayor and Council had the foresight in June 2022 to allocate $15 million annually for five years, aiming to preserve and enliven selected city streets. According to the City's bulletin, this particular job was green-lit by the Independent Oversight and Accountability Commission, with the funds carved out from the Highway User Revenue Fund and the City's coffers. As the pavement gets torn up and reborn, a little patience from Tucson's drivers will go a long way.

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