A bond oversight committee has been established to help decide which residential streets the city should spend some of the $15 million available for pavement fixes on.
When city voters passed proposition 409, the $100 million bond for repairing Tucson roads last november, $85 million of it was directed toward arterial roads. The remaining $15 million was earmarked for residential streets.
The bond committee will decide which streets get repaired.
Tucson Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee chair Ian Johnson is serving on the oversight committee and said they are looking for recommendations from the community about which streets they would like to see repaired.
Living Streets Alliance has issued a call to action about the street repairs suggesting bicyclists recommend streets like Third Street, Treat Avenue and Fourth Avenue be prioritized.
LSA suggests that focusing on bicycle arterials like Third Street will benefit more people that just the people who live on the street and would be money better spent.
Here’s a snippet from LSA’s call to action:
There are a lot of “bicycle arterials” in Tucson that serve thousands of cyclists every day in addition to the residents who live along them and people who use them for walking, but at the moment they’re not being considered any differently than any other residential street in Tucson. You can make your suggestions directly by emailing the city and the citizens oversight commission. It may help if you include details on why the street segment you’re interested in seeing repaved deserves special consideration. Consider copying your Ward Councilmember on the email you send – it is always helpful to remind our elected officials how many people bike or walk for transportation and recreation and that we care about improving conditions for all road users.
Send your email here:
Which residential streets would you like to see repaved?