Houghton Road Corridor FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

When will construction begin?
Construction of Houghton Road is began spring 2009 with the widening and improvement of the Old Vail Road/Mary Ann Cleveland Way intersection. Construction of other areas of Houghton Road have been prioritized based on enhancing safety and increasing capacity, and sequenced for use of Regional Transportation Authority's (RTA) plan funding that extends to 2021. (See Implementation Plan Map for anticipated construction start dates.)
What type of road surface will be used?
It is Tucson Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) policy to use rubberized asphalt on all major streets. Studies have found that rubberized asphalt not only has significant noise reduction properties, but it is also more durable and requires less maintenance than regular asphalt.
Will noise walls be used to assist in lowering the noise level?
TDOT has been reluctant to construct noise walls along major roadways for a variety of reasons. Noise walls are not effective when they have too many openings, such as for side streets, driveways, and other access openings. Additionally, the Tucson Police Department (TPD) does not favor noise walls, as the walls obstruct views of property from the roadway, which can attract criminal activity, litter and graffiti. In 2002, during the design phase of the Harrison Road project from Speedway Boulevard to Old Spanish Trail, TPD provided a position paper on the subject, which is available for public review. TrafficNoiseGuidelines.pdf
What type of plantings will be used?
Our landscape palette consists of drought-tolerant species, but specific types of plants have yet to be determined. Planting choices will be based on feedback we receive from the public. Those choices, and landscape design, will occur during the detailed design phase of the project.
Can the surface of the road be lowered from Rita Road to Old Vail Road to assist with noise abatement?
Because several drainage crossings exist on Houghton Road, it is not likely that the road will be lowered anywhere along the entire corridor.
Can a pedestrian path and/or bike path be included?
Our improvements to Houghton Road will include a 12-foiot paved path on the east side of the road and a 6-foot sidewalk on the west side of the road. In addition, continuous bike lanes will be added to the roadway for both directions of travel.
What is the difference between "http://www.houghtonroad.com" and "http://www.houghtonroad.info"?
The "http://www.houghtonroad.com" Web site was generated when the State conducted its corridor study from 2002 to 2004. Updates to that site ceased upon conclusion of the study. The "http://www.houghtonroad.info" Web site is the City’s site for these design and construction projects.