by Tom Howard

Road Construction Update

Houghton Road/Over Union Pacific Railroad: Crews are now backing filing the new South Bound side of Houghton Road. Work continues on the bridge deck. Crews should be ready to pour the new roadway soon. Remember to access Houghton Towne Center businesses from Old Vail Road. Left turns are not permitted from Northbound Houghton Road.

Updates: Union Pacific Railroad to I-10 Construction

The low bidder for this project is a local contractor. Borderland Construction appears to be the lowest bidder for this project. An award from the City of Tucson is anticipated shortly.

The bid was below the engineer’s estimate of $7,764,853.65. Three bids were received:

Granite Construction: $8,492,266.00

Hunter Contracting: $8,844,443.15

Borderland Construction: $7,712,854.00

No bids were received from any companies in Phoenix.

Arizona Department of Transportation Updates

Traffic Signals, Rita, Kolb and Wilmot at I-10: Work has begun on this project. Activities have been seen at all three locations. Traffic Control Signage has been put up along the on and off ramps of Interstate 10. Please pay attention and stay alert.

Wilmot & I-10: The median pavement is complete and traffic has been detoured onto the temporary bridge for I-10 westbound. Be alert to traffic changes and periodic lane closures along the interstate. The bridge deck along I-10 Westbound has been demolished and work is progressing. Speed limit in the work zone is 55 MPH and is being enforced.

Kolb/Valencia: A major project has begun. Traffic has been reduced to one lane in each direction and all left turn movement has been maintained. Major restrictions will be in place for this entire project. During phase 1, Southbound Kolb will share the North side of Kolb Road & Eastbound Valencia will share the westbound side of Valencia Road. This project will take some time to complete. Please be patient, slow down and obey all traffic control devices.

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