Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Ward 5 City Council Member Richard Fimbres, as well as the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), would like to honor and recognize the community efforts of former Tucson Mayor Robert E. Walkup by naming the new and award-winning Kino Parkway/22nd Street Grade-Separated Intersection the “Robert E. Walkup Interchange at Kino Parkway and 22nd Street.”
As part of the process to name city-owned physical assets, TDOT is seeking public input and feedback on the commemorative naming of the interchange at Kino Parkway and 22nd Street.
Mr. Walkup served as Tucson Mayor from 1999 to 2011. Among many achievements, he led the effort to create the voter approval of the 2006 Regional Transportation Plan. The Plan provided for $2.1 billion in vital transportation and transit improvements, including the Sun Link Streetcar System and the new Kino Parkway/22nd Street Grade-Separated Interchange, which was awarded the State and Southern Arizona 2016 American Public Works Association Project of the Year.
With its completion, this project fulfills the original vision for the Mayor Lew Murphy Interchange to the north, increases mobility at one of the most congested intersections in Tucson, and provides a critical bridge between Central Tucson and a growing, dynamic South Side of Tucson.
Below are renderings of what the interchange would look like with plaques and signs to honor Mr. Walkup’s accomplishments. Please email and provide comment and feedback on this effort. The deadline to comment is 5 p.m., on Friday, April 28, 2017.