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  • Colossal Cave Road groundbreaking set for June 6

    May 26, 2016 | Read More News
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    Colossal Cave Road projectPima County's Department of Transportation and the Regional Transportation Authority along with their community partners, Vail School District and Southern Arizona Paving, will celebrate the start of the Colossal Cave Roadway Improvement Project on Monday, June 6, 9 a.m., in front of the St. Rita in the Desert Catholic Church, 13260 E. Colossal Cave Road.

    Several dignitaries will speak at the event, including District 5 Supervisor Richard Elías, District 2 Supervisor Ray Carroll, Vail School District Superintendent Calvin Baker, and several others.

    This event celebrates the start of construction for the Colossal Cave Road project. When complete, this project will improve traffic safety and operations by reconstructing nearly 4, 600 feet of Colossal Cave Road, between Acacia Elementary and Old Vail Middle School.

    project mapThis project will directly benefit the community, including the children who attend nearby schools. School safety and accessibility will be augmented with right turn lanes at both school entrances and a modified driveway entrance at Acacia Elementary. In addition, pedestrian and bike safety features will be enhanced with the installation of an asphalt multi-use path along the west side of the road, a concrete sidewalk on the east, and paved bike shoulders along the roadway. Project improvements also include adding a center two-way left-turn lane that will widen the existing two-lane section through most of the project and doing several drainage upgrades. Local youth art will also be featured in a new seating area at the Acacia Elementary crosswalk, along with native landscaping and other street amenities.

    Pre-construction work for this project began on May 31. At this time, the contractor started mobilizing equipment, installing traffic controls, and remove any existing vegetation.

    The project is expected to be completed by winter of 2017. 

    Motorists who regularly use travel through this area may wish to seek alternate routes as minor delays may occur during the construction phase. Those who choose to travel through the area should remember to approach with caution and obey all traffic control devices. 

    In the event of mechanical failure or inclement weather, the construction schedule will be subject to change.

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