Valencia Road to Mary Ann Cleveland Way

STATUS: In Design

Design for this project began in August 2017. The design concept and initial design were established during the conceptual design phase which started in 2006. Improvements will extend from just south of the Valencia Road intersection to immediately north of the Mary Ann Cleveland Way intersection. The process is anticipated to take 24 months. Public meetings were held in October 2018 and May 2019. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2020.

Improvements Include

  • Widening Houghton Road to a six-lane desert parkway with median

  • Left-turn lanes and dedicated right-turn lanes at the Rita Road intersection

  • New traffic signal and lighting at Rita Road

  • Drainage improvements to provide all-weather access during major storms

  • Bus pullouts

  • Improved asphalt surface

  • Bicycle and pedestrian facilities

  • Native landscaping with water harvesting

  • Roadway lighting

  • Public art


The Regional Transportation Authority is a state-established political subdivision within Pima County that collects a half-cent excise tax from the RTA’s special taxing district. The tax funds the RTA’s 20-year regional transportation plan, which voters in the district approved in May 2006 along with the excise tax. To date, the RTA has invested over $1 billion in the region to deliver transportation projects and services that improve our region’s mobility, safety, economic vitality and quality of life. This project is managed by the City of Tucson. Please visit for more information.

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