Houghton Road Corridor Public Outreach

The City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)

In 2006, voters approved the RTA Plan. As a result, the RTA authorized funding to begin taking the transportation-related planning efforts from the Houghton Road Corridor Study and Houghton Area Master Plan (HAMP) and make them a reality. This funding allowed TDOT to move forward with designing and constructing the Houghton Road Corridor; this work is currently in progress.

The first phase of this effort is complete and has resulted in Design Concept Reports and 30 percent design plans for each project within the entire corridor. This work has included extensive public outreach, and the consideration of hundreds of public comments, to help shape the design of the corridor. Citizen Design Review Committees (CDRC), comprised of neighborhood representatives, were assembled by each of the adjacent City of Tucson Ward offices – Ward 2 CDRC and Ward 4 CDRC.

To date, over 50 formal meetings have been held. These include general public meetings, CDRC meetings and individual stakeholder meetings. Over 50,000 meeting notifications have been mailed out so far, and hundreds of public comments have been collected and considered in the design of the corridor.

Some of the design changes incorporated in response to the public comments include:

  • Skip the four-lane interim section and go directly to six lanes.
  • Rearrangement of the median openings between Golf Links and Escalante Roads to address concerns at Austin Point Drive
  • Consideration for future public-transit carpool/Park-and-Ride lots and bus pullouts.
  • A frontage road for five homes on the west side of Houghton Road north of 5th Street.
  • Rubberized asphalt used for noise mitigation.
  • Bicycle lanes included.
  • Skip the four-lane interim section and go directly to six lanes.
  • Drainage improvements made, including culverts constructed at dip crossings and a storm drain system added along the proposed curbed roadway section from Speedway Boulevard to 22nd Street.
  • Florida-T signalization added at Poorman and Drexel Roads to facilitate access and comply with corridor signalization spacing requirements.
  • Directional median openings added at the local business McGraw’s Cantina, Boulderfield Drive for the Highland Trails neighborhood and Forest Glen.
  • Reconfiguration of the circulation at Secrist Middle School to improve safety and reduce neighborhood cut-through traffic. This includes a signalized pedestrian, high-intensity activated crosswalk (HAWK) crossing, modified parking and new bus and private-vehicle circulation.
  • Realignment of the entrance to the Tucson Fire Department station and the design of an emergency signal at Seven Generations Way.
  • Revision of the drainage design concept at Poorman Road to avoid ponding at the southeast corner of the intersection.
  • A median opening at Desert Willow neighborhood added.
  • Modified access at Civano Nursery.
  • Full access at Camino Quince in the form of directional medians at Camino Quince and Kensington Drive, just south of Camino Quince.
  • Preservation of existing vegetation along Civano neighborhood.

Stay Connected!

Additional comments are welcome and can be forwarded to Lori Lantz, Community Relations, c/o Gordley Group, 2540 N. Tucson Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85716; e-mail lori@gordleygroup.com; or fax to 520-327-4687.

For project-specific questions, contact M.J. Dillard, Project Manager; 520-837-6616; mj.dillard@tucsonaz.gov.