Project Background

The Broadway Corridor is a Gateway Corridor that connects the east side of Tucson to the downtown, along a network of vital activity centers, and bordering a variety of established residential neighborhoods. The urban texture along Broadway is varied and includes residential uses, historic buildings, strip commercial, and neighborhood and regional commercial uses. In addition, the Broadway Corridor is one of busiest east-west transit corridors in terms of daily ridership.

The existing Broadway Corridor Study was conducted in 1987 and recommended a northern alignment for the roadway widening. This information is contained in the 1987 Draft Final Report Broadway Corridor Transportation Study pdf. The accompanying Right of Way Plan for Broadway (R-89-005) can be viewed at http://tdotmaps.transview.org/MandR/.

Over the past 20 years several properties were purchased on the north side of Broadway to implement the roadway design. Population growth, traffic patterns and land use, and preservation of historic structures have changed the dynamics at play on Broadway. The new roadway project will begin by reviewing the Broadway Corridor Transportation Study to evaluate its utility today.

 

Additional Project Information

Cost

The total budget for the Broadway Road Widening from Euclid to Country Club is $71,347,000.  Funding of the project will come from Regional Transportation Authority (approximately $42 million), Pima County Transportation Bonds (approximately $25 million), the City of Tucson (approximately $3 million), and regional funds from the Pima Association of Governments (approximately $1 million).

Schedule

The project launched the Planning & Design Phase of the project on June 20, 2012, which will take almost 2 years to complete.  This phase provides the most public input and involvement.  Utilizing public participation and collaboration with affected neighbors, businesses, stakeholders, and other interests affected by this project, a Design Concept Report will be developed that will guide the final design and construction.  A Citizens Task Force has been appointed and will meet regularly with the proejct team to develop this Design Concept Report.

The Design Concept Report will evaluate urban design concepts and roadway design, and will include:

  • Traffic flow and mobility
  • Safety, connectivity and facilities for bicycle and pedestrians
  • Enhancing bus transit capability
  • Protection of neighborhoods and historic character
  • Sustainability; greening of an urban boulevard; landscape design
  • Land use redevelopment opportunities; transit oriented development
  • Future light rail planning
  • Gateway planning and development

Based on the Design Concept Report, a Value Engineering Analysis can be conducted to develop a more tailored budget for the improvements to be constructed.  The Final Design phase will begin in 2015 and should take approximately 1 year.  Land use recommendations will be addressed, as appropriate to the project.   Final construction drawings will be created.  Right-of-Way acquisition can also be finalized. Utility relocations are expected in 2015 or 2016.

Roadway construction is not anticipated until 2016.