The new northbound Houghton Road Bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) is structurally complete and on Saturday, February 3, 2018, beginning at about 10 p.m., southbound and northbound traffic on Houghton Road will be shifted to the new bridge.
Prior to the traffic switch, crews will remove and reset concrete barriers and other barricades being used at the existing bridge. Flaggers will be present to direct traffic while crews remove and reset barriers and barricades. The traveling public is urged to use caution when driving in the area and watch for construction personnel and heavy equipment.
Following the traffic switch, crews will begin demolishing the existing old bridge over the UPRR and construction of the new southbound bridge will begin. Motorists and bicyclists are urged to share the road while traveling on the new northbound bridge.
The Houghton Road Widening project from Mary Ann Cleveland Way to the UPRR began in March 2017 and will increase bridge capacity over the railroad and will accommodate three lanes of traffic, as well as bike lanes and sidewalks in each direction. The bridge project will be constructed in two phases and is scheduled to be complete in the fall of 2018. This is part of the overall Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Plan to improve Houghton Road from Tanque Verde Road to Interstate 10.
This project is federally funded along with major contributions from the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and Pima County. 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. For more information on the RTA Plan, visit http://www.rtamobility.com/