The City of Tucson rises from the hot desert. Situated at the junction of Interstates 10 and 19, Tucson is the gateway to the interior of Mexico as well as a stop along transcontinental I-10 between Los Angeles and El Paso, Texas.
Interstate 10 is the main east-west connection through Tucson. Sweeping into town from the northwest, Interstate 10 skirts the western and southern edges of downtown before meeting Interstate 19. Quickly pushing out of town, Interstate 10 continues east en route to eastern Arizona and southern New Mexico.
Interstate 19 connects Tucson with Old Mexico via historic U.S. 89 and Nogales.
Arizona 77 is old U.S. 80-89 north of Tucson, leading from the Miracle Mile exit from Interstate 10 (Exit 255) north to the Navajo Indian Reservation north of Holbrook.
Arizona 86 is the Ajo-Tucson Highway (Ajo Way within the city limits). It starts at its junction with Arizona 85 in Why and ends at its junction with Business Loop I-19 (South Sixth Avenue) in Tucson.
Arizona 210 is the Aviation Highway, a divided highway with some controlled access between Broadway Boulevard near Downtown and Golf Links Road near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
Planned Interstate 710 – Kino Parkway
Tucson has a sordid history of canceled freeways, one of which is proposed but unconstructed Interstate 710. Interstate 710 was to follow Kino Parkway from Interstate 10 north to the Aviation Parkway (Arizona 210) near the University of Arizona. Rather than constructing a divided highway to Interstate standards, Kino Parkway is built to expressway standards, with an interchange at Arizona 210. Kino Parkway is not a state-maintained facility.
Miracle Mile – Stone Avenue – 6th Avenue
After the completion of Interstate 10 in Tucson, a business route was designated through downtown Tucson via Miracle Mile (Arizona 77), Oracle Road, Stone Avenue, and Sixth Avenue. This business route followed the route of Historic U.S. 80-89 from Miracle Mile south to Interstate 10, but it was decommissioned in the mid-1990s when the state remanded maintenance of the road to the city of Tucson.
Tucson Area Street Scenes
|Kino Parkway (planned Interstate 710)|
|Northbound Kino Parkway after the traffic signal at unsigned Business Loop I-10/Tucson-Benson Highway. This parkway was to have become Interstate 710, but the parkway was built instead along the alignment of Campbell Avenue. Photo taken 05/24/03.|
|Southbound Stone Avenue at 6th Avenue. Photo taken 05/24/03.|
|Southbound Stone Avenue entering downtown Tucson. Photo taken 05/24/03.|
|Southbound Stone Avenue at Pennington Street at downtown Tucson. Photo taken 05/24/03.|
Page Updated November 8, 2007.