Improvement Project Begins; Houghton Rd- Valencia to Mary Ann Cleveland Way


Update: Traffic Switch

Temporary asphalt paving on the east side of Houghton Road from Valencia Road to Mary Ann Cleveland Way is complete. Crews from Borderland Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM), are scheduled to shift traffic from the west side of Houghton Road to the east side of the roadway at about 7 a.m. on Monday, October 26, 2020.

Once the traffic shift is complete, crews will begin installing new water lines, new storm drains, box culverts and new sewer lines on the west side of Houghton Road.

The Houghton Road improvement project from Valencia Road to Mary Ann Cleveland Way began September 21, 2020. Crews are working Monday through Friday, from about 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with  occasional night and weekend work. This project is expected to be complete by January 2022.  

Improvements include a new six-lane roadway with landscaped medians, drainage improvements, street lighting, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, bus pullouts and a new traffic signal at Rita Road.

For more information on the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Houghton Road Corridor improvement projects, please visit

The RTA, a political subdivision of the state and independently governed, has invested more than $1.2 billion in transportation projects and services to improve mobility, safety, economic vitality and quality of life in the region. The RTA collects a half-cent excise (sales) tax from its special taxing district within Pima County to fund its 20-year regional transportation plan. The plan and tax were approved by voters in May 2006. The Houghton Road Improvement Project is part of the RTA plan and is managed by the City of Tucson. For more information, visit