Frequently Asked Questions
- How wide will the road be?
- Will sidewalks be added to the road?
- Will bike lanes be added to the roadway?
- Will there be bus service along Houghton Road?
- Will intersections have new traffic signals?
- What kind of landscaping is planned?
- Will there be more public art?
- What is being done to prevent flooding?
- What methods are being used to reduce noise?
Six lanes are planned, three in each direction, from Broadway Boulevard to Interstate 10. There has been much growth along Houghton Road, and traffic is increasing rapidly.
Improvements to Houghton Road will include pedestrian facilities on both sides of the road. One side will consist of a sidewalk, the other side will have a multi-use path.
Continuous bike lanes will be added to the roadway for both directions of travel.
A Sun Tran Park & Ride was constructed at the intersection of Broadway Boulevard and Houghton Road. Sun Tran Route 7 runs from 22nd Street to Broadway and Sun shuttle 450 (a smaller bus) runs along segments of Houghton between Irvington Road and Rita Ranch. Bus pullouts are being added to each roadway segment in anticipation of Sun Tran increasing bus service along Houghton Road sometime in the future.
Signals will be added or upgraded at major intersections.
Landscaping plants are selected from among drought-tolerant species, but selection of specific types of plants and landscape design will occur during the detailed design phase of each segment. Water harvesting features are being incorporated into the roadway design where possible to capture rainwater to assist growth of landscape plantings.
Yes. The RTA directs that 1% of construction funds be used for public art. The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona (http://artsfoundtucson.org/) is directing the process and community involvement in selecting artists for each project.
Drainage structures and landscape design features are planned to handle stormwater and minimize ponding or flooding. The drainage facilities are being designed to handle up to a 100-year flood.
A type of rubberized asphalt is being used throughout most of the Houghton Road Corridor to decrease roadway noise. During design, traffic noise studies are being conducted to determine if additional noise mitigation is needed.