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Town of Oro Valley hosts groundbreaking ceremony for La Cholla Boulevard Phase II Improvement Project on October 24

October 19, 2018

The Town of Oro Valley invites the public to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the La Cholla Boulevard Phase II Improvement Project on Wednesday, October 24 at 9 a.m. Representatives from the Town of Oro Valley, Pima County and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) will celebrate the start of roadway construction. The ceremony will take place at the southwest corner of La Cholla Blvd. and Naranja Dr. in Oro Valley.

This project is part of the RTA plan approved by Pima County voters in 2006. It is funded by a voter-approved, countywide half-cent transaction privilege (sales) tax to fund the plan through 2026.

About the Project
In 2009, a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) was formed to explore the concept of widening La Cholla Blvd., from Magee Rd. to Tangerine Rd. Phase I of this project from Magee Rd. to Overton Rd. was completed in July 2014. Design for Phase II of this project began in October 2015.

The total length of this final phase of improvements is 3.5 miles long. Eighty percent of the improvements are located in Oro Valley, with the southern 20 percent in unincorporated Pima County. The anticipated completion date is summer 2020. Hunter Contracting, Inc. is the contractor.

For more information please view: http://www.lachollaimprovements.info.

Improvements in Phase II include:
• Widening La Cholla Blvd. to four lanes from Overton Rd. to Tangerine Rd.
• Raised landscaped median
• Multi-use lanes and traffic signal improvements
• Multi-use paths and ADA facilities
• Drainage improvements
• Landscaping and water harvesting
• Accommodations for wildlife

Wildlife crossings
The Town of Oro Valley requested RTA Wildlife Linkages for the construction of wildlife features and crossings along La Cholla Blvd. from Overton to Tangerine, which is identified as a wildlife priority corridor by the RTA. This project will include four medium-sized crossings.

Utility relocation
The speed limit on La Cholla Blvd. between Overton and Tangerine will continue to be intermittently reduced to 25 mph while utility relocation work is underway. Please drive cautiously and watch for construction workers and equipment accessing the roadway.

About the RTA
The RTA is managed by Pima Association of Governments (PAG), the region’s metropolitan planning organization and is the fiscal manager of the plan. Projects in the plan are managed by PAG’s member jurisdictions.

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