Join the City of Tucson and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) in celebrating the completion of the Silverbell Road – Goret Road to Grant Road Improvement Project – at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. The celebration and a ribbon cutting will take place at the northeast corner of Goret Road and Silverbell Road.
Speakers will include Tucson Mayor and RTA Board member Jonathan Rothschild; Vice Mayor Regina Romero; Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías; Chuck English, Vice President of Hunter Contracting; and public artist Kevin Berry.
The $9.85 million Silverbell Road – Goret Road to Grant Road Project is Phase 1 of a multi-phase project spanning multiple jurisdictions. It is a scenic route and a major regional link to the west and northwest near to historical sites, hiking and equestrian trails, The Loop, and the Santa Cruz River.
The new four-lane divided roadway has a continuous multi-use path, bike lanes, drainage improvements, LED lighting, new traffic signals native landscaping with water harvesting, and public art reflects the extensive planning, partnering, outreach and expertise required to promote mobility and improve capacity and safety.
Silverbell’s Phase 1 was designed by Kittelson & Associates and constructed by Hunter Contracting. Construction of Phase 1 started June 15, 2015, with substantial completion by November 18, 2016.
A Silverbell Road Task Force included more than a dozen representatives of surrounding neighborhoods, local businesses, property owners and regional interests. It met 11 times to provide valuable input, including into the landscape concept, which accentuates the archaeology, wildlife and water/geology/topography of the area. Nine public open houses were held.
The project is part of the $2.1 billion RTA plan, which will be implemented through 2026. The multimodal plan, nearly halfway through implementation, includes roadway, safety, transit, environmental and economic vitality improvements. This project is managed by the City of Tucson. Details about the RTA plan are available at www.RTAmobility.com