Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Regional Transportation Authority speeding up

The Regional Transportation Authority is pushing ahead with a long list of big road projects for Pima County. Some details were discussed today at a meeting lead by Chuck Huckelberry at the downtown Tucson office of the Pima Association of Governments.

Some controversial projects likely to be included in the proposal to go to voters include a $100 million+ extention of Barraza-Aviation Highway through north downtown to I-10, and widening of 22nd St. from I-10 to Park or Kino.

Neighborhoods in the 22nd St. area south of downtown have worked out an agreement on a mitigation plan to protect parks and quality of life when and if the widening project happens.

Voters will be asked to approve a half-cent sales tax increase to already high local sales taxes to fund road and transportation projects. Also likely to be included in the ballot package is more funding for bus and transit improvements.

1 comment:

Jim said...

Here in SD, SANDAG is talking about a north-south freeway in the backcountry again. And I-15 is going to be 9 lanes, and I-5 is set to expand to, get this, TWELVE lanes.

If they keep building all these roads, there won't be anyplace left to park!