Streetcar Construction Update for week of June 18

June 19, 2012

The following information is provided by the Tucson Modern Streetcar weekly newsletter, also found online at TucsonStreetcar.com.

If you have any questions or concerns, call the info line at 624-5656 to speak to a team member about the project. Please note: Roadway closures indicate areas where roads are closed to vehicular and bicycle traffic. Pedestrian access adjacent to these closures will be maintained at all times. *Cyclists must walk their bikes while using the sidewalks.*

Downtown

This area of the project includes Congress Street and Broadway through downtown from Granada Avenue to 5th Avenue. Traffic control in this area is as follows:

  • On Monday, June 18, Congress Street will be closed to vehicular and bicycle traffic between Stone and Church Avenues. This closure will be in place while the contractor completes the removal of the existing roadway, underground utility work, rail placement and installation of the Overhead contact System (OCS).
  • The intersections of Congress Street with Stone and Church Avenues will remain open. However, periodic closures may be necessary in order to complete underground work in the intersections.
  • Signs will be in place to direct motorist around the work area.
  • Stop signs are in place at the intersection of Stone and Congress until the new traffic signals are installed.
  • On Friday, June 22, the intersection of Congress Street and Fifth Avenue will be closed while the contractor prepares the roadway for upcoming waterline work. The intersection will be closed from 6 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • ONGOING: On-street parking will not be permitted along Broadway between Granada and Fifth Avenues.
  • ONGOING: During Congress Street work, there will be intermittent closures of 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue at Congress Street. Stop signs are in place at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Congress until the new traffic signals are installed.
  • ONGOING: Scott Avenue is closed at Congress Street for approximately four months. Access to businesses north and south of the intersection, as well as access to street parking and garages off Scott Avenue, will be maintained.
  • Construction on Congress Street includes curb to curb removal of asphalt and major excavation for utility relocations before the roadway is reconstructed with rail. The extensive nature of this work requires full closures 24 hours per day.

Fourth Avenue and University Boulevard

This area of the project includes 4th Avenue from the 4th Avenue underpass to University Boulevard, University Boulevard to Main Gate Square, and Park Avenue to 2nd Street. Traffic control in this area is as follows:

  • During the week of June 18, the contactor will continue underground utility work along University Boulevard.
  • Nighttime work will take place on Monday, June 18 from 1 a.m. – 4 a.m.
  • Nighttime work will take place on Wednesday, June 20 and Thursday, June 21 from 12:01 am. – 8 a.m.
  • Euclid Avenue at University Boulevard is reduced to one travel lane in each direction. The temporary lane restrictions allow the contractor to extend sewer and water upgrades and install rail through the intersection. The lane restrictions will be in place 24-hours per day through the end of July 2012.
  • ONGOING: The intersection of Sixth Street at Fourth Avenue is reduced to one travel lane in each direction. This lane restriction is expected to be in place until mid-July 2012.
  • Left turn movements from westbound Sixth Street to Fourth Avenue are not permitted. Fourth Avenue businesses located south of Sixth Street can be reached by using Third or Fifth Avenues.
  • ONGOING: University Boulevard is closed to vehicular and bicycle traffic between Third Avenue and Euclid Avenue and between Euclid and Park Avenues. This closure will be in place while the contractor completes the removal of the existing roadway, underground utility work, rail placement and installation of the Overhead Contact System.
  • The intersections of University Boulevard with Bean Avenue, Second Avenue, Jacobus Avenue, First Avenue and Tyndall will be closed to through traffic.
  • Third, Euclid and Park Avenues may have intermittent lane restrictions during this work.
  • Sidewalk access will be maintained at all times.
  • ONGOING: 4th Avenue is closed to vehicular and bicycle traffic between 6th Street and University Boulevard. This closure will be in place for approximately four months.
  • Pedestrian access along 4th Avenue and University Boulevard will be maintained at all times.

U of A and Health Sciences Center

This area of the project includes 2nd Street to Warren Avenue, the Warren Avenue underpass and a section of Helen Street that connects to the Health Science Center. Traffic control in this area is as follows:

  • On Friday, June 22 and Monday, June 25, the contractor will transport welded rail to the work area along Second Street between Park and Mountain Avenues. The rail will be moved from an area on Second Street between Martin and Campbell Avenues, west along Second Street and into the work area. Several segments of rail will be transported each day.
  • Hours of operation for the transport of rail will be from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.
  • Officers will be on site to direct traffic at the intersections of Second Street with Warren Avenue and Mountain Avenue. Motorist should plan for delays.
  • ONGOING: Second Street is closed to vehicular and bicycle traffic between Park and Mountain Avenues and between Highland and Warren Avenues. This closure will be in place while the contractor completes the removal of the existing roadway, underground utility work, rail placement and installation of the Overhead Contact System.
  • The intersections of Second Street with Palm Drive and Olive Road will be closed through the beginning of August.
  • Mountain Avenue will remain open at Second Street.
  • Access to the Second Street Garage will be maintained.
  • Highland Avenue will be opened to allow northbound vehicular travel between First and Second Streets. Motorists exiting the Second Street Garage will use the northbound Highland lanes to depart the area.
  • The intersection of Cherry Avenue at Second Street is closed. Signs will be in place to direct motorists around the work area. This intersection closure will be in place through the summer.

The construction activity information in this update is subject to change at any time.

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