By Becky Pallack for Arizona Daily Star
Tucson is getting a good deal on roadwork these days, so voter-approved bond dollars will stretch further and into more neighborhoods than expected.
The $100M project to repair the city’s worst streets will cover 44 more projects and parts of 10 more neighborhoods than the list voters approved in 2012. The City Council is expected to approve the list of new projects next month.
In the first year of the 5-year project, the city resurfaced 241 lane miles for $11.7M less than projections, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild said. Lower prices for gas and raw materials and favorable bids on bundled road projects kept costs down, he said.
Projects selected by a bond oversight committee include fixes for downtown streets, parts of Country Club Road, South Midvale Road between West Irvington and West Valencia roads, parts of River Road, and East Tanque Verde Road between North Kolb and North Sabino Canyon roads.
The mayor listed the renewal of the bond program as one of his top priorities in his State of the City speech last week.
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