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What’s Driving You Crazy? Taking 45 minutes from Oro Valley to Tucson

TUCSON – The stop and go in town is “What’s Driving You Crazy.”
News 4 Tucson viewer, Tim wrote “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 1980’s and 1990’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 Department of Transportation Director Robin Raine.
Raine said land is also another hurdle.
“Consider the cost of the land the city does not own. The land is going to be more expensive now than it would have been years ago,” said Raine.
She said it would be disruptive for Tucson residents.
News 4 Tucson asked Raine if there is any new talk about a crosstown Tucson freeway.
“Not crosstown. There are 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 whatsdrivingyoucrazy@kvoa.com

Allie Potter

Allie Potter

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