New Report From National Transportation Research Group
Tucson’s pavement conditions have improved immensely in the past two years according to a new report released by TRIP, a national transportation research group based out of Washington D.C.
The new report indicates that 32 percent of Tucson’s roadways are in poor condition, compared to two years ago when TRIP reported that 53 percent of Tucson’s streets were in poor condition – fifth worst in the country with populations of 500,000 or more.
“The new report shows that we are making great strides in improving our infrastructure, something this community has been seeking for a long time,” said Daryl W. Cole, Director of the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT). “Our Mayor and Council and the voters in the region have insisted that we improve our roadway conditions and we are fulfilling that request.”
Mr. Cole attributes the improved pavement conditions to the Mayor and Council allocating $20 million in May 2012 to pavement preservation and the November 2012 Proposition 409 - the voter-approved, five-year, $100 million bond program. He added that the 2006 voter-approved $2.1 billion, 20-year Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and Plan has not only improved pavement conditions, but has added much needed capacity to the street network in Tucson.
Following the Mayor and Council’s approval of the $20 million 2012 Pavement Preservation Program, TDOT rehabilitated nearly 60 miles of City streets. Since voters approved Proposition 409, TDOT has resurfaced approximately 120 miles of City streets.
The Road Recovery Bond Program, with three years remaining, allocates approximately $85 million to resurface major streets and approximately $15 million to residential streets. For more information on the bond program visit: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/street-bonds
The RTA Plan, which will be implemented through 2026, is a multimodal plan nearly halfway through implementation. It includes roadway, safety, transit, environmental and economic vitality improvements. For more information on the RTA Plan, visit http://www.RTAmobility.com.