No one enjoys seeing road construction signs in places they like to go, but the reality is improving streets is an important component of ensuring an enjoyable community where people can live and shop.

On March 17, the town will begin making improvements on Costco Drive and Costco Place, a nearly half-mile stretch of road that supports a tremendous amount of traffic every day. Natural wear and tear on the surface made it necessary for the town to look ahead and plan for work on the roadway to keep it from falling into disrepair.

Work includes renovations to the pavement, limited replacement of curb, sidewalk and water meters and the replacement or upgrade of existing handicap ramps to meet ADA specifications.

Access to businesses in the area will remain open at all times. The town and its contractors know how important those retail outlets are and we remain committed to making this project as stress-free as possible for customers.

The project is expected to last 50 days. To expedite construction time, Costco Drive will become a one-way loop. All motorists will enter from the Costco end and exit at Horizon Hills.

Weekly construction updates and traffic notices will be sent to local businesses and media and posted on the Town of Marana’s Facebook and Twitter pages along with our Marana 365 blog.

The town appreciates everyone’s patience as this project moves forward. It’s important for our roads to remain in good condition and we never hesitate to perform preventive maintenance to ensure that we keep costs under control. We will not wait until a road has fallen into disrepair before taking action.

We also thank all the businesses in the area for their understanding during the improvements. The result will be a better roadway that will last for years and happier customers who support the businesses that make the Costco Drive such a critical part of our community.

The temporary inconveniences caused by this work will be worth the long-term viability of the road. The town looks forward to completing this project on time and on budget. We will deliver a final product that all of us can enjoy for years to come.

(Editor’s Note: Ed Honea is the mayor of Marana.)

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