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Media Release: Town of Marana Receives APWA 2019 Public Works Project of the Year Award

MARANA, AZ – The Town of Marana was recently selected as a recipient of the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) 2019 Public Works Project of the Year Award for infrastructure projects publicly developed, owned, and maintained, that promote excellence in construction management and administration. These Awards recognize the alliance between the managing agency, the contractor, the consultant, and their cooperative achievements.

The APWA Public Works Projects of the Year Awards are presented annually at APWA’s PWX conference.  Awards are given in four divisions and five categories. The divisions are: 1. Projects less than $5 million; 2. Projects of $5 million, but less than $25 million; 3. Projects of $25 million to $75 million; and 4. Projects of more than $75 million. The categories are: 1. Structures; 2. Transportation; 3. Environment; 4. Historical Restoration/Preservation; and 5. Disaster or Emergency Construction Repair.

The Town of Marana received APWA’s 2019 Public Works Project of the Year Award in the Transportation category, in the $25-75 Million division. The Town of Marana partnered with the Town of Oro Valley, Pima County, the Psomas Design Team and contractor Tangerine Corridor Constructors (TCC) - a Granite Construction/Borderland Construction on the project, to improve a  five-mile segment of Tangerine Road from Dove Mountain Boulevard/Twin Peaks Road to La Cañada Drive.

  • The newly constructed roadway delivered to the public:

  • A four-lane roadway with landscaped medians

  • The elimination of dip crossings and upgraded culverts to provide 100-year flood access

  • Pedestrian and bicycle facilities

  • The installation of additional turn lanes and signalization at key intersections

  • Wildlife linkages for wildlife corridors along this stretch of roadway

Tom Houle served as the Project Manager for the Town of Marana.

About APWA

The American Public Works Association (www.apwa.net) is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 30,000 members involved in the field of public works. APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge. APWA is headquartered in Kansas City, MO, has an office in Washington, DC, and 63 chapters in North America.

Traffic Alert: Ina Road

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The Town of Marana is nearing the completion of the paving portion of the Ina Beautification Project. The week of April 15 all of the paving on side streets north of Ina Road was completed and mainline final paving for Ina Road will begin the week of April 22. Expect heavy delays of up to an hour near work areas and avoid work areas if possible.

The paving will begin Monday, April 22 and be completed by Friday April 26, 2019 Ina road from Ulene Place to the Canada del Oro Bridge. Construction will begin at 6:00 A.M and continue through 6:00 P.M.

Striping and painting will begin Monday, April 29, but is not expected to cause any delays.

For your safety and that of the contractor’s personnel, please comply with traffic control devices, flagging personnel, and/or detour signs.

Travel time through the project area may increase during construction so please adjust your schedule accordingly. Construction may restrict traffic lanes and create congestion. Taking alternate routes is suggested.

 If inclement weather or other events cause delays, the work may be rescheduled without further notice.

 Stay up-to-date on Town of Marana news, projects, and events. Visit MaranaAZ.gov, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

Traffic Alert: Ina Road paving dates

Ina Road Beautification Project final paving dates.

Ina Road Beautification Project final paving dates.

The Town of Marana is nearing the completion of the paving portion of the Ina Beautification Project. Below is a schedule of the final paving projects.

Paving on side streets North of Ina road will begin on Thursday April 11 and continue through April 19th. Paving will begin at 7:00 a.m. and continue to 4:00 p.m. Expect delays and use alternate streets when possible. 

Thursday, April 11, 2019 – Oldfather Road and Ulene Place
Friday, April 12, 2019 – Juniper Road
Monday, April 15, 2019 – Thornydale Road at Ina
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 – Meredith Blvd.


Mainline final paving for Ina Road will begin the week of April 22. Expect heavy delays.
Monday April 22 – Friday April 26, 2019 Ina road from Ulene Place to the Canada del Oro Bridge.

For your safety and that of the contractor’s personnel, please comply with traffic control devices, flagging personnel, and/or detour signs.

Travel time through the project area may increase during construction so please adjust your schedule accordingly. Construction may restrict traffic lanes and create congestion. Taking alternate routes is suggested.

 If inclement weather or other events cause delays, the work may be rescheduled without further notice.

 Stay up-to-date on Town of Marana news, projects, and events. Visit MaranaAZ.gov, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

May 4 Ina Road Celebration Weekend to welcome community back to the corridor after reopening of Ina Interchange

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MARANA – The Town of Marana is celebrating the reopening of the Ina Road Interchange with the “Ina Road Celebration Weekend” on May 4-5. Media and members of the public are invited to attend.

 The celebration weekend kicks off with an opening ceremony on Saturday, May 4, at 9 A.M. and features Marana Town Council and representatives from the Arizona Department of Transportation, Regional Transportation Authority, and Marana Chamber of Commerce. The ceremony will be located at the Lowe’s Home Improvement parking lot at 4075 W Ina Rd. The ceremony will then be followed by a weekend-long business block party located along Ina Road Corridor between Thornydale Road and the interstate.

For more block party information, visit the “Ina Road Celebration Weekend” Facebook event page, which will be updated with business specials and attractions.  

The “Ina Road Celebration Weekend” is a collaboration between the Town of Marana and the Regional Transportation Authority, with support from the Marana Chamber of Commerce.

BACKGROUND

The celebration follows the near completion of two separate projects: the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Ina Road Interchange project and the Town of Marana Ina Road Beautification project.

The Interstate 10/Ina Road Interchange improvement project required rerouting local street access to Interstate 10 to reconstruct a new interchange that stretches over the interstate and the Union Pacific railroad tracks and eliminates the at-grade crossing.  The project also included widening I-10, widening Ina Road to two lanes in each direction between Silverbell Road and Camino de la Cruz, reconstructing the frontage roads and building two Ina Road bridges over the Santa Cruz River. This project met the long-range planning objectives of ADOT, the Town of Marana, Pima County, Pima Association of Governments (PAG) and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) to improve interchange capacity, public safety, and operations. The Arizona Department of Transportation and Town of Marana managed the RTA plan-approved project.

The Town of Marana Ina Road Beautification Project was done in conjunction with the Ina Interchange project in an effort to improve portions of Ina Road. The project includes landscape, mill and pave, street light and traffic signal improvements along Ina Road between Camino de las Capas and the eastern Town limits. Arizona Department of Transportation is administering the work between Silverbell Road and Camino de las Capas.

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is a multimodal transportation agency serving one of the fastest-growing areas of the country. ADOT is responsible for planning, building and operating a complex highway system in addition to building and maintaining bridges.  

REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

The Regional Transportation Authority is a state-established political subdivision within Pima County that collects a half-cent excise tax from the RTA’s special taxing district. The tax funds the RTA’s 20-year regional transportation plan, which voters in the district approved in May 2006 along with the excise tax. To date, the RTA has invested over $1 billion in the region to deliver transportation projects and services that improve our region’s mobility, safety, economic vitality and quality of life. Please visit www.RTAmobility.com for more information. 

MARANA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Marana Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business that works to build economic growth and quality of life in our community. It is committed to building business and community relationships.  

RELATED 

March 14, 2019 - Ina Road opens over I-10 in Marana as interchange nears completion


March 6, 2019 – Ina Road Beautification Project Update

October 19, 2016 – Marana sets up program to help businesses affected by Ina construction

EVENT FLYER

Downloadable file

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Coachline Boulevard Reconstruction – Twin Peaks to Silverbell

Between March 11 through March 22, 2019, the contractor will begin milling (remove existing pavement) and paving operations along Coachline Boulevard south of Twin Peaks Road and at the intersection of Continental Reserve Loop (north end) at Silverbell Road. This work schedule is dependent on weather. Rain may delay the operation.

During the week of March 18 – 22, Continental Loop Reserve will be closed at its intersection with Silverbell Road/Coachline Boulevard. This will allow the contractor to complete the work during the Spring Break holiday, thereby reducing impact to the traveling public:

  • North and southbound through traffic at Continental Reserve Loop will not be permitted
    All southbound turn movements from Silverbell Road to Continental Reserve Loop will be restricted
    East and westbound travel on Silverbell Road will be maintained
    Northbound turn movements from Silverbell Road to Coachline Boulevard will be maintained
    Access to businesses will be maintained
    North and southbound traffic will be shifted as work progresses
    One travel-lane in each direction will be maintained
    Access to side streets will be intermittently impacted as work crews and equipment move through the area       
    Turn movements from Coachline Boulevard to both Twin Peaks and Silverbell roads will be   maintained
    REMINDER – Vehicles parked on Coachline Boulevard will be towed at owners’ expense
    Inclement weather or mechanical failure may impact this operation


*The new pedestrian crossing at Rivulet Drive will re-open after the final paving and striping operation is completed. 

For your safety and that of the contractor’s personnel, please comply with traffic control devices, flagging personnel, and/or detour signs.

 Travel time through the project area may increase during construction so please adjust your schedule accordingly. Construction may restrict traffic lanes and create congestion. Taking alternate routes is suggested. 

 If inclement weather or other events cause delays, the work may be rescheduled without further notice.

  Stay up-to-date on Town of Marana news, projects, and events. Visit MaranaAZ.gov, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

Expect traffic delays and lane closures in the areas highlighted in orange.

Expect traffic delays and lane closures in the areas highlighted in orange.

Ina Road Beautification Project update

Landscape work on Ina Road will conclude at the end of March.

Landscape work on Ina Road will conclude at the end of March.

The Town of Marana’s Ina Road Beautification Project is nearing completion. This project has been done in conjunction with the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Ina Interchange Project in an effort to improve portions of Ina Road not part of the ADOT project, including road resurfacing, safety improvements, and landscaping.

Provided is a synopsis of events that will be occurring on Ina Road and Aerie Road in the next two months. Please note that the dates provided are subject to change due to inclement weather conditions.

Landscaping:
Ina road landscaping west of Thornydale is nearing completion. Landscaping crews will begin work east of Thornydale beginning the week of March 11 and is anticipated to last until the end of March. Final rock mulch will be added west of Thornydale on March 19 and east of Thornydale at the beginning of April.

Mill and pave:
Milling work will begin on Town of Marana roads north of Ina Road on March 18 through March 21. Milling on Aerie Road will start March 25 and is expected to last for two days.

Paving will begin on Aerie Road on March 28 then proceed to all Town of Marana roads north of Ina Road beginning on April 11.

Ina Road mainline final pave will begin on April 22 and is anticipated to last through April 26. Expect heavy traffic delays during Ina road paving. Expect two weeks of localized lane restrictions for lane striping and utility adjustments after the completion of the final pave.

Street lights:
Streetlight pole installation will begin the week of May 20 and is expected to last for three weeks. The installation of the poles will involve limited lane closures in isolated areas. Traffic impacts are expected to be minimal.

Traffic signals:
Installation of hardware to ensure proper functioning of the traffic signals will begin at the Ina – Thornydale, Meredith and Oldfather intersections on March 25th through April 4. Expect daytime lane closures and shifts during work hours only.

Celebration:
Join the Town of Marana on May 4 at the Lowe’s Home Improvement Parking Lot for the kick-off ceremony for Ina Road Celebration Weekend. The event will feature a cake cutting ceremony and business festival.

Marana Town Talk Episode 6: Ina Road Beautification, Pure Water Brew Challenge

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Town of Marana has released its sixth episode of "Marana Town Talk", a local government podcast that balances education and entertainment with thoughtful commentary on local current events. 

Communications Manager Vic Hathaway and Communications Specialist Brad Allis kick off the episode with a brief discussion on current events (1:05), followed by an interview and tour of the Ina Road Beautification Project with Construction Manager Mac Murray (3:30). Listeners can then learn from Water Director John Kmiec about the entertaining but important role the Arizona Pure Water Brew Challenge plays in water conservation. (24:28). 

Concrete poured for first of two Santa Cruz bridges

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Work on the bridge over the Santa Cruz hit another milestone on Tuesday night as work crews poured the concrete for the deck of the first of two new bridges to span the river. The project is being done by the Town of Marana and ADOT in conjunction with other work.

When the project is completed, Ina Road from the freeway to Sivlerbell will be expanded to four lanes, giving it the same number of lanes as the road has east of the freeway.

Currently the first of two bridges is being built. One this new bridge is completed, the old bridge, which is currently carrying traffic in both directions, will be demolished and a second, two-lane bridge will be built.

The project will also build a bridge over I-10, letting Ina Road go over the freeway and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks.

Video of the bridge pour.

Video of completed bridge pour:

Wildlife corridors to be built beneath Tangerine Road

Pictured above: 2012 footage provided by Arizona Game of Fish of the wildlife corridors on Twin Peaks Road. 

This week, Marana Town Council approved funding for five wildlife corridors beneath the Tangerine Road expansion project between Dove Mountain Boulevard and La Cañada Drive.  The project will involve the installation of five medium-sized mammal crossings that will accommodate animals such as bobcats and mountain lions. A report from the Arizona Game and Fish Department identified recommended locations for these crossings based on open space connectivity, existing and future development, and hydraulic design.

The Council designated these funds through the Wildlife Linkages Amendment to the Intergovernmental Transportation Funding agreement between the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and the Town of Marana.

“These corridors serve several purposes,” said Town of Marana Environmental Projects Manager Janine Spencer. “They provide a safe alternative route for wildlife crossings, and they serve as drainage conveyances for flooding prevention.”

The Tortolita Mountains north of Tangerine Road has been a critical area for wildlife linkages, and the Tangerine Road wildlife corridors are important for maintaining access between the Tortolita and the Tucson Mountains. Development of the corridors included a technical team of planners, engineers, biologists, hydrologists, and construction professionals due to the project’s challenges involving new roadway elevation and traffic management.

“This project has been a true partnering effort between Town of Marana, Town of Oro Valley, Pima County, Arizona Game and Fish Department, two design firms, two joint venture contractors, multiple utilities, and numerous businesses and residents,” Town of Marana CIP Project Manager Tom Houle said of the process.

The impact of these wildlife corridors is significant for animals and humans alike. The Arizona Game and Fish Department reported road-kill numbers of over one thousand animals per month between May and September in 2010.  Arizona Game and Fish Department counted a total of 88 species, including the desert tortoise, which is listed as Wildlife of Special Concern in Arizona.  Other species identified as road kill include badgers, grey fox, javelina, mule deer and Gila monsters. Motorist collisions with mule deer and javelina could also lead to serious accidents involving injury and damage.

With this week’s Town Council vote, Marana will construct five wildlife crossings beneath Tangerine Road, ranging between 6 and 9 feet in height. Full details of the construction can be found in the Wildlife Linkages Project Funding Proposal.

The Tangerine Road Corridor Project broke ground on March 8 this year, and is a collaborative effort involving Marana, Pima County, Oro Valley, and the Regional Transportation Authority to accommodate the current traffic demands and the increasingly rapid growth and development in the area. Over the next several years, construction crews will widen and flatten the road to create a seamless corridor that extends ten miles from Interstate 10 to La Cañada Drive and increases the safety of both drivers and wildlife. Improvements will also be constructed on Thornydale Road, La Cholla Blvd, and Camino de Mañana. The Phase I portion of the project is expected to be completed in two years. Learn more about the Tangerine Road Corridor Project here.

Traffic alert: 2-week closure of Moore Road between I-10 and Postvale to begin May 16th

Moore Road west of Interstate 10 will be closed between the I-10 frontage road and Postvale Road for approximately two weeks beginning May 16th. The temporary closure is occurring in conjunction with the Town of Marana’s Tangerine/Downtown Sewer Conveyance System project. Kinkaid Civil Construction, the project contractor, will be installing a sewer pipe across Moore Road.

Barnett Road is designated to be the detour route for all traffic. Directional signs and traffic control devices will be set up to guide vehicles around the Moore Road closure and along the detour route.

For your safety and that of the contractor’s personnel, please comply with all traffic control devices, flagging personnel, and/or detour signs. 

Travel time through the project area may increase during construction so please adjust your schedule accordingly. Construction may restrict traffic lanes and create congestion. Taking alternate routes is suggested. 

If inclement weather or other events cause delays, the work may be rescheduled without further notice. 

Stay up-to-date on Town of Marana news, projects, and events. Visit MaranaAZ.gov, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

News release: Pines Settlement Webpage

The Town of Marana has created a webpage for the public to learn more about subsidence issues in the Pines neighborhood.  Throughout the process of rectifying this issue, the Town is committed to transparency through open channels of communication. 

Visitors to this webpage will find engineering reports, maps of the area dating back to 1978, presentations made at public meetings, and more.  By making these documents publicly available, the Town allows residents access not only to historical records about this site, but also to up-to-date plans on how Marana intends to move forward.

“We are firmly committed to resolving this issue as quickly as possible,” says Town Manager Gilbert Davidson.  “This webpage will help us keep the public informed about how we’re doing that, as well as offer residents a way to communicate with the Town to express any concerns.”