Streetcar Construction Update for Week of August 27

August 28, 2012

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

Due to heavy rains that have occurred during the past two weeks, the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar construction team has experienced significant delays to the construction schedule for the entire alignment. The construction team and contractor are working to reevaluate the construction schedule to make up for the delays that the inclement weather has caused.

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 following schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions and/or equipment failure.

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:

  • The Sun Link Tucson Streetcar construction team re-opened Broadway between Church and Stone Avenues to vehicular traffic.
  • As a reminder: Numerous existing utility conflicts were discovered and required a complete redesign of the underground facilities in the area.
  • ONGOING: The contractor will continue underground utility work along Broadway. Motorists should anticipate nightly lane restrictions between Fifth and Church Avenues. Restrictions will be in place from 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning.
  • 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:

  • 8th Street is closed to vehicular and bicycle traffic between 4th and 5th Avenues. The closure will be in place through approximately early October while the contractor completes the removal of the existing roadway, underground utility work, rail placement and installation of the OCS.
  • 8th Street east of 4th Avenue and the intersection of 4th Avenue and 8th Street is open to vehicular traffic, allowing access to parking for business along 4th Avenue.
  • Business access to the Hut will be maintained.
  • Southbound traffic from Herbert Avenue will only be able to exit westbound onto 8th Street.
  • ONGOING: University Boulevard between Euclid and Park Avenues is reopened to vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Motorists should watch for temporary parking and lane restrictions along the roadway as the contractor completes the installation of the OCS and streetcar stop.
  • ONGOING: The intersection of Euclid Avenue and University Boulevard is reduced to one travel lane in each direction.
  • ONGOING: University Boulevard from Third to Fourth Avenues is closed. The closure will be in place through approximately mid-October while the contractor completes the removal of the existing roadway, underground utility work, rail placement and installation of the OCS.
  • This closure includes the intersection of University Boulevard and Fourth Avenue.
  • The intersection of Third Avenue and University Boulevard will remain open.
  • ONGOING: University Boulevard is closed to vehicular and bicycle traffic between Third Avenue and Euclid Avenue 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: 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: 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.
  • 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.

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:

  • The relocation and installation of the new 16-inch water main along Speedway Boulevard is complete, but the eastbound lane restrictions on Speedway Boulevard, between Mountain and Campbell Avenues, will remain in place until late September. At that point the 16-inch main can be tied over to the newly installed water lines located along Martin Avenue, between Second Street and Speedway Boulevard and Helen Street, between Cherry and Martin Avenues.
  • The final step of “tying-over” the newly installed water lines to the new 16-inch main is on hold while Tucson Water makes necessary repairs to its 96-inch transmission main. Repairs to the transmission main are expected to be completed by September 10, 2012.
  • Eastbound Speedway Boulevard will reopen to three lanes of traffic following the tie-over of the water lines to the existing system.
  • ONGOING: Second Street from Park Avenue to Mountain Avenue has been reopened to vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Motorists should watch for temporary parking and lane restrictions along the roadway as the contractor completes the installation of the OCS and streetcar stops.
  • ONGOING: The contractor is continuing work on connecting the newly installed 16-inch waterline, located along Martin Avenue between Second Street and Speedway Boulevard, to the existing system. Motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists should prepare for temporary closures and restrictions in the area.
  • 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.
  • ONGOING: Helen Street is closed between Martin and Cherry Avenues.
  • Helen Street between Cherry and Warren Avenues will be closed through August 2012.
  • 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.
  • ONGOING: The Warren Avenue Underpass closure is expected to be in place through February 2013 while the contractor completes the removal of the existing roadway, underground utility work, rail placement and installation of the OCS. 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 Highland and Warren Avenues for the removal of the existing roadway, underground utility work, rail placement and installation of the OCS.
  • Access to the Second Street Garage will be maintained.
  • 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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