Work to construct the new Houghton Road Bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) is underway. Pulice Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), is currently working east of the existing bridge.
Beginning on Monday, April 24, 2017, work crews will begin hauling material to the job site to construct the new bridge approaches. Trucks will deliver material to the east side of the existing bridge via Houghton Road from Valencia Road south to Old Vail Road. This work will take place Monday through Friday, from approximately 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. This work is scheduled to be complete by mid June 2017.
For the safety of the traveling public, flaggers will be present to assist the truck drivers in accessing Houghton Road from Old Vail Road.
The Houghton Road Widening project from Mary Ann Cleveland Way to the UPRR 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 expected to be complete in approximately two years. This is part of the overall Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Plan to improve Houghton Road from Tanque Verde Road to Interstate 10.
The first phase of construction will keep both northbound and southbound traffic on the existing Houghton Road two-lane bridge, while the new three-lane bridge is constructed to the east of the existing bridge. Once the new bridge is complete, northbound and southbound traffic will be shifted to the new bridge. The second phase will include demolishing the existing two-lane bridge and building a three-lane bridge where the old bridge was located. During construction, at least one lane of travel will be maintained in each direction.
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/