A seven mile stretch of Mission Road is scheduled to be repaved in the coming months, but will not include bike lanes.
Pima County Department of Transportation Director Priscilla S. Cornelio said in an email that construction on the first five miles should begin in about a month.
The first phase of the repaving will start at Drexel Road and continue five miles south. The second phase will occur sometime this summer and continue to Pima Mine Road.
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Cornelio said they would not be adding bike lanes.
“It is our hope that in the future if additional funding is identified we will be able to construct a multi-use lane along Mission Road,” Cornelio said.
“It would be to everybody’s benefit to put a shoulder on that road,” he said.
Despite the lack of bike lanes, Phillips is happy the county is repaving Mission.
“That road … is one of the worst pieces of paved road in Pima County,” Phillips said. “I am glad they are taking care of it.”
Cornelio said they don’t have a schedule from the contractor, but based on similar projects, the repaving should take about a month.
Mission will remain open for traffic and Phillips said the ride will continue despite the construction.
“Obviously, we’ll have to slow down and take more care,” Phillips said. “We’ve endured other repavings.”
Cornelio said once the project is done, it should make for a much nicer ride.