Streetcar Construction Update for Week of Sept. 17

September 16, 2012

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

Due to heavy rains that occurred in 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:

  • At 7 p.m. on Friday, September 21 until 7 p.m. Monday, October 1, the intersection of Congress Street and Sixth Avenue will be closed. The closure will allow the contractor to place rail through the intersection, pour the concrete track bed and pave the roadway. Motorists should watch for signs directing them around the work area.
  • Most parking along Sixth Avenue, north and south of the Congress Street intersection will be maintained.
  • During the week of September 17, crews will deliver sections of rail and form the track bed along the Congress Street block between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

  • ADVANCED NOTICE: 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 pour the concrete track bed on the Congress Street block between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
  • Traffic on Granada Avenue, between Congress and Cushing Streets has been shifted to the northbound lanes of Granada Avenue, providing one lane of travel in each direction along this section of roadway. Access to the Federal Court complex and the Tucson Convention Center will be maintained.
  • As work progresses over the next several months, traffic movement will alternat between the north and south bound lanes of travel in order to accommodate work in the area. One travel lane in each direction will be maintained. 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: 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 Friday, September 14, the contractor began paving Eighth Street between Fourth Avenue and the Maintenance and Storage Facility located west of Fifth Street. Once the paving is complete, Eighth Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues will reopen to traffic. During the paving operation, parking will not be allowed on either side of Eighth Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues.
  • On Monday, September 17, the intersection of Eighth Street and Fourth Avenue will close. Access to the Maloney’s and O’Malley parking lot can be reached by using the Eighth Street/Herbert Avenue entrance.
  • On Monday, September 17, from 9 p.m. to midnight the contractor will transport welded rail to the work area along Fourth Avenue between Sixth and Seventh Streets. The rail will be moved from an area on Third Avenue and Tenth Street, north along Third Avenue to Eighth Street, west to Fourth Avenue and into the work area. Several segments of rail will be transported.
  • Parking along Third Avenue and Eighth Street will not be permitted from noon, Monday, September 17 until the rail transport operation is complete.
  • Eastbound travel will not be permitted through the intersection of Sixth Street and Fourth Avenue beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 22 through 6 a.m. Monday, September 24. The closure will allow the contractor to complete rail installation through the intersection. Motorist should watch for signs directing them around the work area.*
  • Westbound travel through the intersection will not be impacted.
  • In addition to completing roadway paving preparations on University Boulevard between Third and Euclid Avenues, the contractor is completing work on curbs, sidewalks and ramps.
  • 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 the end of 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. *Please see temporary traffic control change from 9/22 to 9/24.
  • 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:

  • Beginning at 6 a.m. Sunday, September 16 through 4 p.m. Friday, September 21, eastbound Speedway Boulevard will be reduced to one travel lane between Cherry and Campbell Avenues. The temporary lane closure allows the contractor to complete “tying-over” the 16-inch water line in the area.
  • Eastbound Speedway Boulevard will reopen to three lanes of traffic following the tie-over of the water lines to the existing system.
  • On Tuesday, September 18, the contractor will begin placing OCS poles along Second Street, between Park Avenue and the Student Union Building. Motorists should watch for lane restrictions within the work area.
  • ADVANCE NOTICE: On Monday, September 24, the contractor will begin preparing Second Street, from Palm to Highland Avenue, for rail placement. The work will include excavation of the existing roadway, rail installation, and placement of new asphalt pavement. This work is expected to be completed by early November.
  • The intersection of Mountain Avenue and Second Street will be closed.
  • Access to the Second Street Garage can be accessed via Cherry or Vine Avenues and then traveling west to the garage.
  • Motorists exiting the Second Street Garage will only be permitted to make a right turn movement.
  • Westbound travel on Second Street will be directed around the work area.
  • To provide access to the Student Union loading dock, James E. Rogers Way will be temporarily converted to two-way travel from September 24 through approximately early November 2012. This change in traffic control along James E. Rogers Way will not provide access to Second Street.
  • 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 late 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 Cherry 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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