Streetcar Construction Update for Week of Sept. 10

September 9, 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 August, 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 Boulevard through downtown from Granada Avenue to 5th Avenue. Traffic control in this area is as follows:

  • ADVANCED NOTICE: During the Month of September, crews will begin installing track on Congress Street from west of Fifth Avenue to east of Stone Avenue.
  • During the week of September 10, 2012 construction crews will deliver rail and form the track bed on Congress Street, between Sixth and Stone Avenues.
  • During the week of September 17, 2012 construction crews will embed the rail in concrete along Congress Street between Sixth and Stones Avenues. Crews will also deliver sections of rail and form the track bed along the Congress Street block between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
  • During the week of September 24, the contractor will prepare Congress Street, between Sixth and Stone Avenues for paving the first layer of asphalt and will concrete embed the rail on the Congress Street block between Fifth and Sixth Streets.
  • The closure of the southbound lanes of Granada Avenue is expected to be in place at least through December 2012, while the contractor completes underground utility work, rail placement and installation of the Overhead Contact System (OCS). Most work along this section of roadway will take place over night between 7:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning.
  • 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 OCS.
  • ONGOING: Scott Avenue is closed at Congress Street. With the exception of Scott Avenue, all other Congress Street intersections will remain open the majority of the time.
  • ONGOING: On-street parking will not be permitted along Broadway between Granada and Fifth Avenues.

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 Saturday, September 8, from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. the contractor will concrete embed the sections of rail along Eighth Street, between Fourth Avenue and the Maintenance and Storage Facility located west of Fifth Street.
  • Parking will not be allowed on either side of Eighth Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues, during this operation.
  • Weather permitting, paving for this section of roadway is scheduled for Saturday, September 15.
  • During the week of September 10, the contractor will complete roadway paving preparations on University Boulevard, between Third and Euclid Avenues. Paving along this portion of roadway is expected to begin the following week, weather permitting.
  • During the week of September 10, the contractor will continue roadway preparations for rail placement along Fourth Avenue between Sixth and Seventh Street.
  • ONGOING: Eighth Street is closed to vehicular and bicycle traffic between Fourth and Fifth 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.
  • Eighth Street east of Fourth Avenue and the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Eighth Street is open to vehicular traffic allowing access to parking for business along Fourth Avenue.
  • Business access to the Hut will be maintained.
  • Southbound traffic from Herbert will only be able to exit westbound onto Eighth 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.
  • 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.

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, September 14, from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning, the contractor will pave Second Street from Highland to Warren Avenues.
  • The intersection of Cherry Avenue and Second Street has been re-opened to north and southbound vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
  • East and westbound travel is not permitted along Second Street between Highland and Warren Avenues while the contractor completes the installation of rail and paves the roadway. This portion of Second Street is expected to be open to travel on Saturday, September 15, 2012.
  • ONGOING: The relocation and installation of the new 16-inch water main along Speedway Boulevard is complete, but the east bound lane restrictions on Speedway Boulevard, between Mountain and Campbell, 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.
  • East bound Speedway Boulevard will reopen to three lanes of traffic following the tie-over of the water lines to the existing system.
  • 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: 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: Helen Street is closed between Martin and Cherry Avenues.
  • Helen Street between Cherry and Warren Avenues will be closed until mid September, 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 construction activity information in this update is subject to change at any time.

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