Jul 1, 2013 9:00 PM by Danielle Lerner
TUCSON- Tucson's pothole problem is getting some much-needed attention. On Monday morning the city kicked off it's five-year, $100 million road recovery program. Voters approved the street bond measure last November, allowing the city to invest $20 million a year to restore, repair and resurface more than 200 miles of roadways.
Monday's groundbreaking marked the official start of the program. Crews will begin by resurfacing Tucson Boulevard between Valencia and Corona Roads. That is located right by the Tucson International Airport and lawmakers are hoping the improvements can help the city make a positive first impression.
"We really wanted to start at the gateway to the city," said Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, "for visitors coming in, for prospective business people coming in, and show that commitment to our gateways."
A Bond Oversight Committee made up of citizen volunteers will be tasked with making sure all of the bond money goes toward repairing city streets. This new round of construction comes on the heels of a $20 million Pavement Preservation program in Fiscal Year 2013. Crews rehabilitated nearly 60 miles of roadway throughout the city.