Arizona's I-19 likely to add lanes

| 8/6/2002

The Arizona Department of Transportation is making plans to widen I-19 near Tucson to as many as 10 lanes, according to the Arizona Star. Estimated population growth in the area and increased truck traffic from Mexico over the next 30 years is expected to double and triple traffic along parts of the freeway.

A preliminary plan reportedly calls for widening 24 miles of the freeway - currently no more than four lanes wide - adding three new traffic interchanges and rebuilding four existing interchanges. The plan calls for increasing traffic lanes in Tucson to as many as 10 lanes and eight lanes south to Sahuarita.

ADOT reportedly will hold a series of public meetings in October to gather input on the preliminary plan. If the plan is deemed acceptable, the next step would be a more detailed plan that would provide cost estimates for the freeway work. The master plan would be completed next spring.