North Fourth Avenue Re-Opens To Traffic

July 13, 2012

Sun Link Streetcar Construction Milestone!

With streetcar tracks in place and Fourth Avenue receiving its final layer of pavement between Sixth Street and University Boulevard, the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar project will reach a construction milestone on Saturday, July 14, 2012.

“With Old Pueblo Trackworks completing the final paving, and the construction fencing coming down, we will have hit a milestone when we reopen a portion of the roadway to traffic on Saturday,” said Jesse Gutierrez, City of Tucson’s Construction Manager for the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar Project.  “I want to thank the area businesses and the traveling public for their patience during this phase of this important project.”

Gutierrez also reminds bicyclists riding on this re-opened section be aware of the new location of the track, and to cross tracks with care on the perpendicular.

According to Gutierrez this portion of Fourth Avenue is the first section of the streetcar construction project to be significantly complete with next steps including the installation of overhead poles, streetcar stops, and the overhead electrical system. Construction began in early April 2012.

“I want to applaud the efforts of the Sun Link Streetcar team for working so diligently to complete this portion of the project,” said U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva. “For a long time we have talked about the importance of the streetcar project for Tucson’s economic development and the number of jobs created. I am pleased to work with the City of Tucson on the remaining phases for a successful and timely completion.”

City of Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild said, “There are 500 construction jobs related to Sun Link construction – our city’s largest construction project to date. Crews are working long shifts to meet tight deadlines so that service can launch late 2013.”

“The Sun Link streetcar has generated $400 million in private investment to date. When complete, it will be an exciting green transit option that will connect communities and improve the quality of life for our region,” according Satish Hiremath, Mayor of Oro Valley and the chair of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Board.

On Monday, July 16, 2012, Fourth Avenue between Ninth and Sixth Streets, will be closed for construction as crews continue working south on Fourth Avenue on track installation.  Gutierrez said that most of the preliminary underground utility work in this section was complete with other area city projects so streetcar-related construction will be complete well in advance of the Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair in December.

Go to www.tucsonstreetcar.com to find out more about construction progress, access, and parking. Website visitors can also sign up to receive email blasts, browse the project Facebook and Twitter pages or call the info line at (520) 624-5656 to learn more.

The Sun Link Modern Streetcar is a project of RTA and part of the voter-approved, $2.1 billion RTA plan that will be implemented through 2026. Details about the plan are available at www.RTAmobility.com. The Sun Link project is co-managed by the City of Tucson and the RTA.

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