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  • Public meeting will offer details on I-10 widening project

     interstate widening
    The widening of Interstate 10, which isn't expected to start until Summer 2022, may
    cause some closures along The Chuck Huckelberry Loop. 
    Get ready for traffic delays on Interstate 10 between Ina and Ruthrauff roads, interchange closures and even closures on The Chuck Huckelberry Loop due to a widening project.

    To find out more about the design and construction plans, check out the Arizona Department of Transportation’s virtual public meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21. Construction is scheduled to begin after June 2022.

    Join the meeting online or by telephone:
    • Online: https://tinyurl.com/i10i2r
    • Meeting ID: 893 9945 8336
    • Phone: 669-900-6833 (English) 
    • Phone: 866-730-7514, pin de participante 984619# (español)
    ADOT is designing improvements to the four-mile section of Interstate 10 between Ina and Ruthrauff roads, widening the highway from three to four lanes in each direction, including the interchanges at Orange Grove and Sunset roads. ADOT also will build additional lanes at exit and entrance ramps in the project area and create new travel lanes using the inside shoulder near Ina Road. Finally, the project will improve drainage, lighting, and landscaping along this corridor.

    Because ADOT will replace I-10 bridges at both the Cañada del Oro and Rillito washes, The Loop will see impacts. ADOT has promised to build enclosure structures over the path during construction, which will protect Loop users and allow the path to be open during most of the construction.

    According to Nancy Cole, director of the Capital Program Office for Pima County, ADOT’s project will relieve congestion at Orange Grove and I-10 by “creating a direct crossing on Sunset Road from River Road, across the Rillito River, across the UPRR Railroad, across I-10, across the Santa Cruz River and to Silverbell,” a trip that now involves miles of driving around indirectly.

    In addition to creating more lanes for more vehicles, Cole says the I-10 project will improve access to the Sunset Innovation Campus at a former gravel mining site and to other vacant properties along Sunset Road.

    ADOT will convert the frontage road from Ina to just south of Mike Jacobs Sportspark to two-way traffic, with a connection for vehicles to Walker Road. This means the Loop trailhead at Ted Walker Park, south of Walker Road, will be closed. Trail users can park at the Sportspark and use the Loop Link to access The Loop.

    The Oct. 21 meeting offers an opportunity to learn about the project, ask questions and make comments. Public input will be considered during the final design of the project.

    Public comments provided by Nov. 21, 2021, will be included in the summary of this meeting; however, comments are welcome at any time.

    If you are unable to attend the meeting or would like to comment further, you may provide comments or ask questions in these ways: 
    • Phone: 855-712-8530 (English and Spanish) 
    • Email: JMoerke@azdot.gov 
    • Online: azdot.gov/i10ina2ruthrauff 
    • Mail: ADOT Community Relations, 1221 S. Second Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85713
    For more information, visit azdot.gov/i10ina2ruthrauff

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