The City of Tucson and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) are breaking ground on the Grant Road and Oracle Road Intersection Improvement Project on Thursday, July 26, 2012, at 8:30 a.m., at the southwest corner of Grant Road and 10th Avenue.

Attendees will include County Supervisor for District 5 Richard Elias, Ward 3 Council Member Karin Uhlich, Tucson City Manager Richard Miranda, Transportation Services Director for the RTA Jim DeGrood, Interim City Transportation Director Tony Paez, and Grant Road Task Force representative Susan Alexander.

The event celebrates the start of construction on the Grant Road and Oracle Road Intersection Project by Falcone Brothers and Associates, Inc.  Work will take approximately 12 months to complete.

The $7.5 million RTA-Funded project will widen Grant Road to six lanes from 15th Avenue to Castro Street, with median island right-turn lane modifications along Oracle Road from Alturas Street south to Rillito Street.  As part of the roadway widening, the intersection of Grant Road and Oracle road will be reconstructed to provide indirect left turn intersection operations.