× KUAZ-HD and KUAZ-HD2 (BBC Service) are off-air following an equipment failure. We anticipate this outage will last until the week of 1/22 as we await replacement parts.
/ Modified mar 30, 2015 2:23 p.m.

Pima County Breaking Ground on Aerospace Parkway

New road protects Raytheon, anchors larger economic development plan for South Side.

Aerospace Parkway map spotlight Route of Aerospace Parkway, 5-mile, $12.7 million roadway on Tucson's South Side. (PHOTO: Pima County )

Listen:

LISTEN

Pima County will break ground for Aerospace Parkway Tuesday on Tucson's South Side.

The new road will replace Hughes Access Road, which sits one-half mile to the north. That has been too close for comfort for Tucson's largest private employer, Raytheon Missile Systems, whose officials have said there is not enough buffer for the security-sensitive operation and for potential expansion.

Pima County officials said the five-mile, $12.7 million road project will be part of a large, multi-stage economic development plan that could help turn Tucson into a hub for regional transportation and for the aerospace industry.

Other aspects of the transportation package include a proposed second runway at Tucson International Airport and an extension of the rail line that connects Tucson and Nogales to intersect with Union Pacific's main east/west route.

“This is really the first step, the road," said Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckleberry. "The next steps are the second runway and additional rail access, and really creating a logistics center in the vicinity of the Tucson International Airport that is the logistics center for the southwestern United States.”

Huckleberry said the new road may help entice other aerospace companies to join Raytheon and set up shop along Aerospace Parkway.

Money for the project is coming from the Pima County Regional Transportation Authority.

By posting comments, you agree to our
AZPM encourages comments, but comments that contain profanity, unrelated information, threats, libel, defamatory statements, obscenities, pornography or that violate the law are not allowed. Comments that promote commercial products or services are not allowed. Comments in violation of this policy will be removed. Continued posting of comments that violate this policy will result in the commenter being banned from the site.

By submitting your comments, you hereby give AZPM the right to post your comments and potentially use them in any other form of media operated by this institution.
Arizona Public Media broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents. Arizona Public Media and AZPM are registered trademarks of the Arizona Board of Regents.
The University of Arizona