First Phase of Ajo Way Bridge Construction Nearly Finished

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Drivers in Tucson will be relieved to hear that a two-year long construction project is nearing completion.

On Monday, March 5, 24 months of construction on the Ajo Way bridge stretching over Interstate 19 will be finished, much to the relief of commuters in southern Arizona.

This means phase one of two will be done, following lots of work by construction crews to widen roads, install new traffic lights, and construct a noise wall along each side of the interstate.

This project is part of the Single Point Urban Interchange, a plan designed to replace the old interchange with a new, modern version. The newly created interchange has widened the bridge and has just one, single set of lights and a noise wall, which will be completed throughout phase two.

All in all, both phases of the project cost nearly $70 million, with phase one requiring around $40 million and phase two needing $27 million, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. 

Although phase two of the project does not have an official start date yet, it will involve all the finishing touches, such as replacing the pedestrian bridge on Michigan Avenue and constructing the new Rodeo Wash outlet for the Santa Cruz River.

For more details on the project click here.

Photo: Ajo Way

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