Officials from the City of Tucson and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) gathered this morning to celebrate the completion of the Kino Parkway – 22nd Street Intersection Improvement Project. The project rebuilt one of the busiest intersections in Southern Arizona with the first grade-separated intersection constructed by the City of Tucson.
The elevated parkway includes bike lanes, six-foot-wide sidewalks, and a landscaped median separating two traffic lanes in each direction. Underneath it, 22nd Street was widened to three lanes in each direction, featuring exclusive right turn lanes and dual left turn lanes to access on-ramps. The $20.6 million intersection project is part of a comprehensive, $115 million budget to improve 22nd Street between Interstate 10 and Tucson Boulevard.
The work was approved by voters in 2006 as part of the RTA plan. Funding for improving the intersection also was included in the Pima County Bond Program voters approved in 1997.