Transportation Studies

Interstate 19 East Frontage Road Study from Ruby Road
to Rio Rico Drive

In 2012, the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration began working on a study to enhance traffic flow at the I-19 and Ruby Road traffic interchange and along the I-19 east frontage road from Ruby Road to Rio Rico Drive. In 2016, the study transitioned to an east and west frontage road study between Ruby Road and Rio Rico Drive. The study has included collaboration with community representatives and jurisdictions, including Rio Rico, Santa Cruz County and the city of Nogales.

The purpose of the study is to improve traffic flow and meet current and future traffic needs in this area. The study evaluated existing and projected peak-hour traffic operations and developed alternatives for potential capacity and operational improvements to accommodate forecasted growth through the year 2040.

An Active and Growing Corridor

The Rio Rico community, which was established in 1969 and has grown from 1,400 residents in 1990 to the current estimate of 20,000, is part of this study area.

  • The I-19 East Frontage Road between Ruby Road and Rico Drive provides sole access to a warehouse district that is used by commercial trucks transporting goods along U.S.-Mexico trade routes.
  • The I-19 East Frontage Road between Ruby Road and Rico Drive features two-way traffic (north- and southbound) from Ruby Road to Kipper Street and one-way traffic (northbound only) from Kipper Street to Rio Rico Drive (0.8 mile segment).
  • Based on the current traffic configuration, all traffic entering the warehouse district must use the Ruby Road traffic interchange, while traffic exiting the warehouse district may use either the Ruby Road or Rio Rico Drive traffic interchange.
  • There are also residential traffic and school buses in the area, which travel between the east and west sides of I-19.

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Civil Rights

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other nondiscrimination laws and authorities, ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADOT’s Civil Rights Office at Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés) y otras normas y leyes antidiscriminatorias, el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT) no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad o discapacidad. Las personas que requieran asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles de ADOT en Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más antes posible para asegurar que el Estado tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.