Barraza-Aviation Parkway was originally named for the old Aviation Highway that followed the same route as the current parkway. The route traveled southeast from town towards Davis-Monthan Air Force base, the site of Tucson’s airport.
Barraza was added to the parkway’s name in 1994. Barraza is in honor of Maclovio Barraza, a union leader for copper miners in Arizona and New Mexico. Maclovio Barraza died in 1980.
"Aviation Parkway extension route Ok’d; Rio Nuevo is moving ahead." Arizona Daily Star. July 9, 2008. Page 1.
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