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$71M Broadway Plan Pleases People

Members of the Broadway Boulevard Citizens Planning Task Force share a light moment during a tense meeting in March. The group used big maps to examine the widening project block-by-block. Photo credit: Becky Pallack/Arizona Daily Star

By Patrick McNamara by Arizona Daily Star

After nearly two years of meetings, a citizen task force has finalized a proposed alignment for the planned widening of Broadway between Country Club Road and Euclid Avenue.

The latest proposal from the task force will be discussed at an April 30 meeting, at which time the plan could be forwarded to the Tucson City Council.

The task force presented the maps to the public at an open house last week.

The latest proposal still differs from the widening plan sold to voters in the 2006 Regional Transportation Authority plan, as it doesn’t include dedicated bus lanes for both eastbound and westbound travel.

The proposal does, however, have bike lanes, bus pullouts and additional travel lanes in each direction. The road currently has two lanes in each direction.

The new alignment identifies 85 properties the city would have to acquire to complete the project.

Over the years, the city has bought about 20 properties along the Broadway corridor in preparation for the widening project. Almost all of those purchases have been of properties on the north side of Broadway.

Under the proposed alignment, however, Broadway would undulate north and south, requiring the city to buy, or perhaps condemn, properties on both sides of the street.

The total widening project has been estimated at about $71M, primarily funded through the RTA at $42M.

Pima County would be on the hook for $25M in 1997 HURF bonds, and the city has pledged $3M.

Construction isn’t expected to begin until at least 2017, regardless of what alignment is chosen.

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