The voter-approved Downtown Links project will connect Interstate 10 to Barraza-Aviation Parkway. Work on the section from Church Avenue to Broadway started recently. Downtown Links will be a 1.3-mile long, 30 mph, four-lane roadway with bike lanes, sidewalks and a separate multi-use path.
Improvements include construction of a new 6th Street alignment, railroad underpass and 9th Avenue deck plaza. Major drainage improvements will remove a large portion of downtown and surrounding neighborhoods from a 100-year flood plain. This project will eliminate one of the most hazardous railroad crossings in the state and end long train-related delays on St. Mary’s Road.
Downtown Links Constructors is under contract with the City of Tucson to complete the project, which is expected to take about 30 months. Drainage improvements and reconstruction of St. Mary’s Road from I-10 to Church Avenue occurred in earlier phases of the project.
Downtown Links is part of the Regional Transportation Authority plan that Pima County voters approved in 2006.
Project website: Downtown Links