Arizona highway officials
are rethinking the route of a long time proposed truck diversion in order
to bypass a housing development. Sahuarita city officials say the proposed
route is unacceptable.
The 17-mile, $170 million
roadway is designed to provide an alternative route between Interstates 10
and 19, especially for truck traffic. It would cut through a 10,680-home development.Both
the housing development and the four- to six-lane highway have been in the
planning stages for years, but now the subdivision is nearing completion.
To avoid further turmoil, the state Transportation Department has prepared
a new road alignment proposal that would take the highway north of the original
route, bypassing the housing development.