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--- Quote from: DJStephens on November 12, 2021, 09:18:18 PM ---
--- Quote from: KeithE4Phx on November 07, 2021, 09:46:34 PM ---
--- Quote from: kernals12 on November 06, 2021, 05:07:00 PM ---ADOT has picked a route for the Sonoran Corridor to connect I-10 and I-19
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I'll be shocked if The City of Tucson and/or the Pima County Board of Supervisors ever approves this.  Tucson is almost violently anti-freeway, and has been at least since the I-710 debacle of the mid-'70s.

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Am guessing? the dog legs are to swing it closer to the Airport.   Not sure if I would refer to 710 as a "debacle" it was a spur that should have been built.  The Kino Pkwy grade separation at 22nd St partially fulfilled the long dead spur.   The complex arrangement at I-10 where Irvington goes under  and Kino goes over, is a funky arrangement.  Have to wonder how 710 would have connected to 10 there.

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I think you meant Ajo Way where it meets Kino Pkwy and I-10.

Speaking of which, there's some plans to improve I-10 east of I-19, including extending SR 210 to reach I-10 around Alvernon Way. Some plans of improvements are below:

DDI project at Houghton and I-10 is reported complete according to this article:

On our last trip through the area in November, the on-ramps and bridge were completed. Finishing touches were being made and traffic was coned down to two lanes over the new bridge with temporary signals in operation.


--- Quote from: kernals12 on November 08, 2021, 12:39:14 PM ---
--- Quote from: DRMan on November 08, 2021, 11:09:30 AM ---But Downtown Links isn't a freeway.

The Sonoran Corridor would be a nice connection between the airport, the Port of Tucson (rail), and the freeway system. It makes a lot of sense, and it is well away from the main population areas. But I'm not sure it will ever happen in my lifetime, given this area's history with freeways.

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It's a wide urban boulevard being sliced through downtown requiring major eminent domain. And it may not be a freeway now, but I think they could elevate some of the lanes in the future.

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Links is certainly a shell of  the 210/I-10 connection once envisioned by ADOT, and the design looks like a complete charlie foxtrot as far as traffic signal spacing and sight lines are concerned. In due time the handful of crappy buildings the city has managed to save by shoehorning in the surface street may eventually lose their "historic value" and be torn down to make way for a beefier connection to the interstate. Frankly it's been needed since ever since Tucson put in the trolley and put Congress and Broadway downtown on road diets a while back.

Frankly any hope of a freeway in the city proper north of Golf Links road is probably a lost cause A loop freeway along houghton/ina/skyline would either involve tearing down a bunch of rich people's homes, or routing along the washes. Fat chance of either.

Suburbs, however, are a different story. I'll have to dig up the link but there's plans for 4-5 lanes each direction on I-10 between the eastern 210 link (It's supposed to tie in near the current Craycroft TI) and AZ 83. I can see Sahuarita, Vail, Corona De Tucson and other future growth corridors on the south and east end of the metro being very supportive of freeways as they tend to lean a little more right, politically.

Drove through Tucson last Saturday and took the Houghton road exit specifically to check on the progress. Based on what I saw exiting west to go north, the  new DDI interchange is 100% complete and operational.

The city of Tucson flew a drone over part of the Downtown Links project. Video from 9/21/22 is below:



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