We hope that the specific sections of
this website will answer most of the questions the public has about
the study. Below is a list of some frequently asked questions.
Q: Why was money spent for a study
rather than just starting Houghton Road improvements immediately?
A. The Houghton Road Corridor Study was undertaken to determine the
most appropriate use of limited construction funding. Actual roadway
improvements to ease traffic congestion along the 30 miles of
roadway included in this study are estimated to cost approximately
$189,000,000 at today's prices. This study, for less than 1% of that
cost, helps assure that construction dollars are expended wisely. If
at some point Houghton Road does become a State Highway, this study
is the first step in ensuring a place in Arizona Department of
Transportation's Capitol Improvement Program.
Q: Is Houghton Road a State Highway?
A. In 1986, the State Transportation Board passed a resolution
adopting Houghton Road as State Route 983 and approving the
expansion of Pima Association of Governments' Regional
Freeway/Expressway Plan to include the corridor for the future
Houghton Road Highway. The resolution did not make Houghton Road a
State Highway, but it did allow the Arizona Department of
Transportation to study the corridor for possible inclusion in the
State Highway System. State Transportation Board Member Si Schorr
has asked the Board to consider making Houghton Road a State
Q. What types of information are included in the Houghton Road Corridor Study?
A. This study identifies right-of-way requirements, describes
roadway improvement and access management recommendations and
provides implementation priorities for the Houghton Road Corridor.
These recommendations are based on the analyses of existing
conditions, projected populations, projected traffic, current and
future traffic operations, drainage, structures and environmental
Q: Why did the study area include the
Golf Links/Alvernon loop?
A. The study includes this loop to evaluate Golf Links/Alvernon's
relationship to traffic and access issues on Houghton Road.
Q. What measures have been taken to involve the public in this study?
A. The project began with a 10,000-piece questionnaire developed
with Council Member Shirley Scott's office. There have been three
sets of formal public meetings throughout the study period, in which
public input has been sought. The first set of meetings held in
November of 2002 introduced the public to the project. The second
set of meetings in September and October of 2003 presented numerous
roadway alternative configurations and incorporated public feedback
into the decision-making process. The third set of meetings was held
in July of 2004 to present the study team's recommendations and to
obtain community feedback. In addition to formal public meetings,
there have been informal group meetings with homeowners and
neighborhood associations, businesses, schools, organizations and
other concerned parties. Newsletters were mailed to residents and
businesses, comment forms were handed out at public meetings and
made available on the project Web site at www.houghtonroad.com and
the public involvement team responded to phone calls, letters and
e-mails throughout the project.
Q. How were the various jurisdictions and their planning experts involved in this study?
A. A Technical Advisory Committee was formed at the beginning of
the study, and met at each phase of the project to review all study
work and guide the process. Representatives on the committee
included appropriate technical staff from the transportation and
planning departments from the City of Tucson and Pima County,
Arizona State Land, Pima Association of Governments, Davis-Monthan
Air Force Base, Pima County Fair and the Southeast Planning and
Q: What is HAMP?
A. The Houghton Area Master Plan (HAMP) includes 7,700 acres of
state trust land on the City of Tucson's eastern edge, along
Houghton Road, between Irvington Road and Old Vail Road. The City of
Tucson is leading this master-planning project. To learn more about
this master plan or the City's Land Use Code, visit www.cityoftucson.org/planning
or call 791-4505.
Q. What is the Southeast Area Arterial Study?
A. Pima Association of Governments' Southeast Area Arterial Study
is defining a future roadway network for southeast Tucson. The
limits of the project are Interstate 19 (west), Valencia and
Interstate 10 (north), State Route 83 (east) and Sahuarita Road
(south). For more information, visit www.searea.com.
Q. How can the study team determine corridor needs so far into the future, say 2030 or beyond?
A. A land-use analysis, which included a study of the Pima County
Comprehensive Plan, the City of Tucson General Plan, the HAMP,
property ownership, jurisdictional boundaries, annexation patterns,
proposed connecting roadway networks, area development potential and
an extensive public involvement process, yielded a fairly
comprehensive picture of the area in years to come. This information
was used to forecast future traffic.
Q: What is build out?
A. Build out simply refers to the roadway when development in the
area reaches full capacity.
Q. What is access-control management?
A. The purpose of managing access is to control where cars can
enter a roadway. In general, travel efficiency and safety are best
with few access points to the roadway.
Q. Will the roadway be redesigned for 2030 and beyond conditions all at once or will it be improved in stages?
A. The recommendation for roadway improvements and access-control
strategies includes a phasing
plan for implementation, which recommends improvement
Q. Have amenities like recreation trails and parks been part of the study?
A. The primary focus of this study was to determine the
appropriate roadway configuration. However, existing and planned
parks, trails and other amenities, which impact traffic patterns on
Houghton Road, have been accommodated in the interim and long-term
roadway configuration. A portion of the Houghton Road Greenway that
was approved by the voters in Pima County's recent Bond Election
will fit within the existing road right of way.
Q. Have transit or light rail been considered as part of this study?
A. Determination of the interim and long-term configuration of
Houghton Road is the focus of this study. Pima Association of
Governments' model for future traffic does include public transit.
Q. What happens after the study is finished?
A. The identified future needs of the corridor, recommendations
for roadway configuration and an implementation plan will be
distributed to appropriate jurisdictions for planning, funding
allocation, design and construction. You can find this plan by
clicking on this link for project
Q. Who can I contact if I have a question on a specific City street or County road?
A. For information regarding City of Tucson transportation
issues, please call 791-4372.
For information regarding Pima County transportation issues, please