Streetcar Construction Update for week of July 9

July 9, 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:

  • During the week of July 9, there will be overnight closures at the intersection of Congress Street and Church Avenue while the contractor completes sewer upgrades.
  • Continuing through Friday, July 13, the contractor will work from 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning.
  • 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 Monday, July 9, the intersection of Congress Street and Fifth Avenue will be closed from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. to allow the contractor to complete waterline work in the area.
  • On Monday, July 9, the Congress Street and Stone Avenue intersection will be reduced to one travel lane from 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. This temporary lane restriction allows the contractor to make preparations for future traffic signal conduit work.
  • During the week of July 9, there will be intermittent restrictions of the sidewalk at the southwest corner of Congress Street and Arizona Avenue while the contractor installs underground utilities in the 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 intersection 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 Thursday, July 12, the contractor will place the final layer of pavement on Fourth Avenue between Sixth Street and University Boulevard. Haul trucks delivering materials will enter the work area from side streets along the work area. Paving operations will begin at 5 a.m. Residents and businesses should be alert for personnel and heavy equipment in the area.
    • ONGOING: The intersection of Sixth Street at Fourth Avenue is reduced to one travel lane in each direction.
    • Left turns from westbound Sixth Street to Fourth Avenue are prohibited. 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 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.
    • ONGOING: 4th Avenue is closed to vehicular and bicycle traffic between 6th Street and University Boulevard.

    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 Wednesday, July 11, and Thursday, July 12, the contractor will pour concrete to embed the rail along Second Street between Park and Mountain Avenues.
    • 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 east and west of the intersection will be maintained.
    • 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.
    • The Warren Avenue Underpass is closed to all pedestrian and bicycle traffic. The closure is expected to be in place for approximately eight months 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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