Streetcar Construction Update for week of July 23

July 23, 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.*

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

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:

  • During the week of July 23, the contractor will continue underground utility work along Broadway. Motorists should anticipate nightly lane restrictions between Fifth and Stone Avenues. Restrictions will be in place from 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning.
  • On Sunday, July 22, through Thursday, July 26 there will overnight closures at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway as the contractor performs water line work at the intersection.
  • During this work Broadway will be reduced to one eastbound travel lane through the Fifth Avenue intersection from 7:30 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning.
  • North and southbound Fifth Avenue will be closed at Broadway. Vehicles may only turn east onto Broadway.
  • During the week of July 23, there will be overnight closures at the intersection of Congress Street and Church Avenue while the contractor completes sewer upgrades.
  • Work hours will be from 7:30 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning beginning Sunday, July 22 through Thursday, July 27.
  • North and Southbound traffic will not be permitted through the intersection.
  • Detour signs will be in place to direct motorists around the work area.
  • Right turns from southbound Church Avenue to Congress Street will be allowed.
  • On Sunday, July 22, there will be an overnight closure of the intersection of Congress Street and Stone Avenue while the contractor performs traffic signal work. This closure will be place from 7:30 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning.
  • During the week of July 23, 2012 there will daytime closures at the intersection of Congress Street and Fifth Avenue as the contractor completes water line work.
  • This closure will be in place daily from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m. beginning Monday, July 23 through Wednesday, July 25.
  • North and Southbound traffic will not be permitted through the intersection.
  • Detour signs will be in place to direct motorists around the work area.
  • ONGOING: Congress Street is closed to vehicular and bicycle traffic between Toole and Church Avenues. This closure is in place to allow the contractor to remove the existing roadway, complete underground utility work, rail placement and installation of the Overhead Contact System (OCS).
  • With the exception of Scott Avenue, all other Congress Street intersections of will remain open the majority of the time.
  • ONGOING: On-street parking will not be permitted along Broadway between Granada and Fifth Avenues.
  • ONGOING: Scott Avenue is closed at Congress Street.

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:

  • On Wednesday, July 25, the contractor will transport welded rail to the work area along University Boulevard between Park and Euclid Avenues. Several segments of rail will be transported.
  • Officers will be on site to direct traffic at the intersection of University Boulevard and Euclid Avenue. Motorists should expect short delays.
  • ONGOING: Fourth Avenue between Ninth and Sixth Streets is closed to all vehicular and bicycle traffic. Sidewalk access to businesses will be maintained at all times.
  • Parking will not be permitted on Fourth Avenue, between Sixth and Ninth Streets.
  • Southbound turn movements from Sixth Street to Fourth Avenue will not be permitted.
  • Fourth Avenue businesses located south of Sixth Street can be reached by using Third or Fifth Avenues.
  • ONGOING: Fourth Avenue between Sixth Street and University Boulevard is open to vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. The contractor continues working in areas along this section of roadway completing the installation of the OCS and Streetcar stops.
  • Motorists should expect intermittent lane and parking restrictions on Fourth Avenue between Sixth Street and University Boulevard.
  • Left turns from eastbound Sixth Street to Fourth Avenue are prohibited.
  • The intersection of Sixth Street at Fourth Avenue is reduced to one travel lane in each direction.
  • Left turn movements from eastbound Sixth Street will not be permitted.
  • Southbound turn movements from Sixth Street to Fourth Avenue will not be allowed.
  • ONGOING: University Boulevard is closed to vehicular and bicycle traffic between Third Avenue and Euclid Avenue and between Euclid and Park Avenues for the removal of the existing roadway, underground utility work, rail placement and installation of the OCS.
  • 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.

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:

  • During the week of July 23, the contractor will continue work on the installation of a 16-inch waterline along Speedway Boulevard, between the Warren Avenue Underpass and Martin Avenue. Motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists should be prepared for temporary closures and restrictions along Speedway Boulevard, between Cherry and Campbell Avenues. To avoid delays, motorists should plan to use an alternate route when possible. The work is expected to take approximately four weeks to complete.
  • ONGOING: The contractor is continuing work on the installation of a 16-inch waterline along Martin Avenue between Second Street and Speedway Boulevard. Motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists should prepare for temporary closures and restrictions in the area.
  • The intersection of First Street and Martin Avenue is closed. Access to residences and businesses on First Street east and west of the intersection will be maintained.
  • ONGOING: Helen Street is closed between Martin and Cherry Avenues.
  • Helen Street between Cherry and Warren Avenues will be closed until mid August.
  • Helen Street between Warren and Martin Avenues will be closed through October 2012.
  • The intersection of Cherry Avenue and Helen Street will remain open throughout most of this work; however, there may be intermittent lane restrictions to accommodate workers and equipment.
  • ONGING: The Warren Avenue Underpass is closed to all pedestrian and bicycle traffic. The closure is expected to 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. Detour signs will be in place to help direct pedestrian and bicycle traffic through the area.
  • ONGOING: Second Street is closed to vehicular and bicycle traffic between Park and Mountain Avenues and between Highland and Warren Avenues for the removal of the existing roadway, underground utility work, rail placement and installation of the OCS.
  • The intersections of Second Street with Palm Drive and Olive Road are closed.
  • Access to the Second Street Garage will be maintained.
  • Highland Avenue will remain open to allow northbound vehicular travel between First and Second Streets.
  • The intersection of Cherry Avenue at Second Street is closed.

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

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