The Arizona Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration, is currently proposing roadway redesign along SR 86 (Ajo Highway) between Sells and Fresnal (milepost 115.8 to milepost 120.6). The purpose of the design project is to enhance public safety and traffic operations along this segment of SR 86.
SR 86 serves as a regional transportation route between Tucson and south-central Arizona. The state highway accesses the Tohono O’odham Nation and is the only highway that serves as part of a connection of roadways in southeastern Arizona and Mexico that reaches the popular tourist destination in Mexico called Puerto Penasco, also known as Rocky Point.
The SR 86 Sells to Fresnal project's design phase began in November 2011 and is expected to be finalized and the project advertised for construction between July 2014 and June 2015.
These are the proposed improvements for the project:
- Addition of shoulders to the existing roadway
- Addition of left-turning lanes at three intersecting roads
- Extension of seven major drainage structures and six minor drainage structures
- Adjustment to the elevation on two curves in the project area
The design will consider traffic control, utility relocation, drainage features, reconnection of local access and low-maintenance landscape.