/ Modified apr 6, 2020 5:57 p.m.

Pima County road work continues

No "stay at home" order for those who pave and repair public roads.

The coronavirus pandemic has made most of our lives more difficult, but one group of workers has it a little easier right now.

With many people working from home, and many others unable to work at all, there are fewer cars and trucks on Tucson's streets. That's a big relief to the crews that repair traffic lights and repave roadways all over Pima County. Ana Oliveras, head of the Pima County Transportation Department, says in particular the virtual shutdown of travel comes just as one very tricky section of road is getting a facelift.

"Gates Pass is being repaired this week, and we are actually able to close the road while we do the work," Oliveras said.

She said the narrow road that tops the crest of the Tucson Mountains would probably be closed anyway, but with most drivers staying off the road, less traffic has to take the long detour around the work site.

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