Houghton Road Improvement Project

Union Pacific Railroad to I-10

Work to widen and improve Houghton Road from the Union Pacific Railroad south to Interstate 10 is underway.   Borderland Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), is currently constructing new underground drainage structures on the west side of the roadway.

On Sunday, March 3, 2019 through Friday, March 22, 2019, crews will deliver material to the job site from the Drexel Road and Houghton Road area. Large trucks will haul fill dirt south on Houghton from Drexel Road to the area between the railroad tracks and I-10. For the safety of the traveling public, the southbound curb lane on Houghton Road at Drexel Road will be closed to traffic to allow the large trucks to safely turn onto Houghton Road and merge with traffic.

Crews will haul the dirt from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday nights through Friday mornings. The traveling public should use caution when driving in the area.

When the project is complete in January 2020, Houghton Road will be widened to six lanes, three lanes in each direction. The 1.2-mile-long project includes new storm drains, underground drainage crossings, landscaped median islands, bicycle lanes, paved asphalt pedestrian paths, native plant landscaping and water harvesting features.

This project 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 RTA and Pima County. The RTA is a special taxing district with a mission to deliver transportation projects that improve our region’s mobility, safety and environment. District voters approved the 20-year RTA plan in 2006. To date, the RTA’s transportation project investments of over $1 billion, generated by the RTA’s half-cent excise tax, are working to support the region’s economic vitality and improve your quality of life. For more information on the RTA Plan, visit http://www.rtamobility.com/