The Pima County Regional Transportation Authority is agreeing to work with the city of Tucson to tweak one of the road widening projects in a 20-year transportation plan.This decision addresses the question of whether the voter-approved road plan is subject to changes.
Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild asked Regional Transportation Authority officials to look into whether they could alter a plan to widen a section of Broadway near downtown.
RTA officials have long said the plan for 35 road widening projects that voters approved in 2006 would not be changed.
According to Rothschild, RTA officials looked into state law on the issue.
“The RTA is operating under strict statute and it’s worked well because they follow statute. Certain bond funds were provided for certain purposes and they need to be used for those purposes. But the RTA has identified within those statutes some room for movement," Rothschild says.
The primary complaint about the Broadway widening project is that the plan to make the street six lanes wide is unnecessary.
Other amenities, such as shade trees, bus stops and sidewalks, could better fit the needs of the community, he says. Officials with regional planning agencies are also looking into how other communities pay for road maintenance, Rothschild says.