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Houghton Road Improvements

Hunter Contracting Co. (Hunter) widened five miles of Houghton Road, located in the City of Tucson, to a six-lane divided desert parkway with landscaping, public art, bike lanes, sidewalks, and bus pullouts. There are 40 acres of landscaped area that utilizes water harvesting and incorporates native plants and wildlife sensitive design features. The project scope also included three multi-barrel Con-ArchTM drainage structures, five signalized intersections, drainage upgrades, all-weather crossings, and rubberized asphalt for noise mitigation. Due to the efficient use of traffic control devices, Hunter saved the City of Tucson $1.2 million. Not only does Houghton provide vital access to Interstate 10, but it is also of tremendous value as a scenic corridor with treasured environmental resources. The project provided significant accomplishments in providing increased capacity, mobility, safety, and environmentally sustainable six-lane arterial roadway.

City of Tucson
June 2014
Delivery Method:
Design Engineer:
  • 10,000 linear feet of 18 – 72-inch RCP storm drain
  • 15,000 linear feet of 6 – 24-inch DIP waterline
  • 280,000 cubic yards of embankment
  • 3 multi-barrel Con-ArchTM drainage structures
  • 5-mile road widening
  • 40 acres of landscaped area
  • 5 signalized intersections
  • 70,000 tons of asphalt
  • 800 linear feet of concrete retaining wall
  • Art feature
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American Public Works Association (APWA) – Local & National

APWA AZ Chapter Award of Merit And
2015 APWA National Award:
Transportation $5 Million to $25 Million

Partnering Excellence Awards

2015 Arizona Transportation Partnering Excellence:
Roadway $5 Million to $25 Million