Streetcar Construction Update for Week of Sept. 24

September 25, 2012

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

The construction team and contractor are working to make up for the delays that inclement weather caused during August. Construction activities are at a high pace, including a significant amount of night and weekend work.

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:

  • The intersection of Congress Street and Sixth Avenue is closed through 5 a.m. Monday, October 1. The closure will allow the contractor to remove the existing asphalt and concrete pavement, prepare the roadway for the aggregate base course, install rail through the intersection, pour the concrete track bed and re-pave the roadway. This intersection work is being coordinated with ongoing Congress Street construction activities so that when the intersection reopens on Monday, October 1, rail will be installed from just west of Fifth Avenue to just east of the Stone Avenue intersection.
  • Paving of Congress Street between Fifth and Stone Avenues is scheduled for September 28 and 29.
  • In order to complete the work during the scheduled closure time, there may be times when the contractor works 24-hour shifts. Removal of the existing asphalt roadway requires the use of jack hammers. Sound levels of this and all other scheduled nighttime construction activities will be closely monitored by the streetcar project team. Businesses and residents in the area have been notified of the upcoming work schedule.
  • East and west pedestrian access will be maintained during the intersection closure. North and south access is available via Fifth and Stone Avenues.
  • Sun Tran bus riders should contact a Sun Tran representative with inquiries regarding possible affected routes.
  • 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 month of September, crews will begin installing track on Congress Street from Fifth Avenue to east of Stone Avenue.
  • 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 Avenue to west of Sixth Avenue.
  • The asphalt and concrete roadway in front of the Old Pueblo Parking Garage will be removed over the weekend of September 22 and 23 and replaced with temporary material, providing continued access to the garage. Intermittent restrictions to the garage may occur during paving operations scheduled for September 28 and 29.
  • The contractor has received the approved revised plans for the installation of the new sewer mainline between Stone and Church Avenues and will resume work on the sewer installation along this section of roadway. Work is expected to take approximately two weeks to complete. After installation of the sewer is complete, the contractor will begin installing the HCS lines (lateral lines that connect to the mainline). The HCS installations are expected to take approximately one week to complete.
  • ONGOING: 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 be alternated 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 Granada 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:

  • *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. Eastbound motorists 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 curb, sidewalks and handicap ramps.
  • Pedestrians may encounter intermittent sidewalk closures as crews complete the handicap ramps, curb and sidewalk repair along this section of roadway.
  • Paving is scheduled along University, between Euclid and First Avenues, on October 1 and 2.
  • ONGOING: The intersection of Eighth Street and Fourth Avenue is closed. Access to the Maloney’s and O’Malley parking lot can be reached by using the Eighth Street/Herbert Avenue entrance.
  • 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 September 22 to September 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:

  • Eastbound Speedway Boulevard is reduced to two travel lanes between Cherry and Campbell Avenues. The temporary lane closure will be in place while the contractor prepares the roadway for repaving operations, which are necessary following the required excavation to complete the “tie-over” of the 16-inch water line in the area.
  • Once paving operations are approved, the roadway will be reduced to one eastbound travel lane. Paving is anticipated to take one day to complete. Advance notice will be issued prior to paving.
  • On Wednesday, September 26, through Friday, October 5, westbound Speedway Boulevard, between Cherry and Warren Avenues, will be reduced to one travel lane from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. This closure allows the contractor to complete the abandonment of existing water services and lines in the area.
  • Each day from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. the following morning, westbound Speedway Boulevard will be reopened to two travel lanes.
  • From 5 p.m. Friday, September 28, through 9 a.m. Monday, October 1, westbound Speedway Boulevard will remain open to two travel lanes.
  • At 7 a.m on Sunday, September 23, 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. Parking will not be allowed along James E. Rogers Way during the temporary two-way conversion.
  • 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 Highland Avenue to Cherry Avenue has been re-opened 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: 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 December 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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