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What’s Driving You Crazy: No crosstown freeway

TUCSON – News 4 Tucson viewer Tim wrote in and said “It takes 45 minutes to get to the east side from Oro Valley. We need a crosstown freeway!”

Several years ago Tucson almost had one. During the 80’s and 90’s, it was on the ballot but voters turned it down.

“And now, it’s simply too expensive. The cost of that kind of facility is in the 10’s of millions of dollars per mile and there aren’t many budgets that would handle that sort of expense,” said Interim Director of Transportation Robin Raine.

Raine adds that land is also a hurdle.

“Consider the cost of the land the city doesn’t own. The land is going to be more expensive now than it would have been years ago.”

Raine said it would be disruptive for Tucson residents. News 4 Tucson asked her if there is any new talk about a crosstown Tucson freeway.

“Not crosstown. There’s some other things that the state is studying and I think people are aware that they are looking things like the I-11 and the Sonoran Corridor. But those are not really routed through the heart of the city.”

What’s Driving You Crazy? Send your traffic questions or concerns to Allie Potter: whatsdrivingyoucrazy@kvoa.com

Allie Potter

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