The Arizona Department of Transportation, in conjunction with Pima County and the Federal Highway Administration, is currently in the design phase of a project to widen a segment of SR 86 (Ajo Highway) between Valencia and Kinney roads. The purpose of the project is to enhance safety and improve traffic flow along this segment of SR 86 in Tucson and to meet current and future traffic needs.
This segment of SR 86 experiences a steady volume in commuter traffic because of ongoing residential development in the area and existing employment destinations in Tucson.
Additionally, SR 86 serves as a regional transportation route between Tucson and south-central Arizona and provides access to the Tohono O'odham Nation. The state route also is used to reach the popular tourist destination of Puerto Peñasco in Sonora, Mexico, also known as Rocky Point.