Kino Parkway and 22nd Street Intersection Improvements
22nd Street - Kino Parkway to Tucson Boulevard Improvements
The Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) began a design study of the Kino Parkway and 22nd Street Intersection, and widening of 22nd Street from Kino Parkway to Tucson Boulevard in 2006. The intersection improvement was originally approved by the voters in the Pima County 1997 Transportation Bond Election and then in 2006, both the intersection and 22nd Street were approved by the voters as part of the Regional Transportation Authority plan. The project area is located in central Tucson, and both Kino Parkway and 22nd Street are major arterials. The area studied for this project extends from Park Avenue to Tucson Boulevard on 22nd Street, and approximately one-half mile north and south of the Kino Parkway/22nd Street intersection.
The proposed improvements will widen 22nd Street to three lanes in each direction, and provide a grade-separated interchange at the Kino Parkway/22nd Street intersection. Additional project elements include access to nearby businesses and neighborhoods, drainage, street lighting, sidewalks, landscaping, bicycle, pedestrian, transit facilities, and public artwork.
TDOT established a Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to provide guidance, review, and evaluation of the general project design, reports and documents that have been and will be developed by the study team. CAC members helped to share information and gather input about the project from businesses and neighborhood associations with which they are familiar. CAC meeting summaries from previous meetings can be accessed below.
The study team looked at three alternative alignments for 22nd Street between Kino Parkway and Tucson Boulevard, and three alternative configurations for the intersection. Alternative Alignment Reports were prepared for the 22nd Street widening and the Kino Parkway/22nd Street intersection, and Mayor and Council approved the recommended alternatives contained in the reports on November 18, 2008. Copies of the reports and the approved alignments can be accessed below.
In October 2009, the project team completed the Environmental Design and Mitigation Reports (EDMR), which provided an analysis of potential environmental impacts and specific mitigation measures against disruption to the environment and the community.
The design of the Kino Parkway and 22nd Street intersection project was completed in April 2011 by the project team. Design of 22nd Street from Kino Parkway to Tucson Boulevard is anticipated to begin in the Fall of 2012 with a duration of three and a half years. The design of the new bridge will require coordination with the Union Pacific Railroad.
Construction of the Kino Parkway/22nd Street intersection project is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2012. Construction is anticipated to last approximately 2 1/2 years. Construction of 22nd Street from Kino Parkway to Tucson Boulevard is anticipated to begin in the third period of the RTA funding in 2015. However, as part of the planning process, residential properties were acquired in advance of construction on the north side of 22nd Street east of the Union Pacific Railroad bridge. These properties have been vacated and demolished and the construction of a buffer area with landscaping amenities has been completed.
If you have questions regarding the overall project, please contact TDOT Project Manager, Janice Cuaron at (520) 791-4371, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Project Engineer Edie Griffith-Mettey at (520) 299-8700, or e-mail her at email@example.com. If you have specific questions about the CAC or other posted public meetings, please call Josh or Nanette at (520) 885-9009.