Streetcar Construction Update for Week of Oct. 1

October 2, 2012

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

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:

  • During the week of October 1, the contractor will complete paving operations and finish utility adjustments and sidewalk repairs along Congress Street, from Sixth Avenue to just east of Stone Avenue.
  • Most construction fencing will be removed during the second week of October.
  • Only the first layer of asphalt will be placed on the Congress Street block between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. This will allow additional work on curb, ramps and sidewalks to be completed.
  • The contractor is installing a new sewer mainline on Congress Street between Stone and Church Avenues. 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 a week to complete. When the sewer improvements are complete, the contractor will begin work on waterline installations along this stretch of roadway.
  • 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: Scott Avenue is closed at Congress Street.
  • 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: 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 Wednesday, October 3, through Friday, October 5, the contractor will pave University Boulevard from Euclid Avenue to just east of Third Avenue. East and west through traffic at Third Avenue and University Boulevard will not be allowed for a couple more weeks while the contractor completes the installation of a water line along the northern portion of the roadway in that area.
  • Utility adjustments along the roadway will be completed by the end of the day Monday, October 8, 2012.
  • Fencing from Euclid Avenue to just east of Third Avenue will be removed and this portion of University Boulevard will be open for travel by the end of the day Monday, October 8, 2012.
  • East and west through traffic at the Third Avenue and University Boulevard intersection is not permitted.
  • Euclid Avenue is scheduled to be re-opened to full traffic by the end of the day Monday, October 8, 2012.&#42
  • 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.&#42Euclid is scheduled to re-open to full traffic by the end of the day Monday, October 8, 2012.
  • ONGOING: University Boulevard from Third to Fourth Avenues is closed. The closure will be in place through approximately the end of November 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 (See above for scheduled paving operation dates and roadway opening details).
  • 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:

  • Continuing 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 re-opened to two travel lanes.
  • Access from Speedway Boulevard to Cherry and Warren Avenues will be maintained during this temporary closure.
  • ADVANCE NOTICE: On Monday, October 8, the intersection of Warren Avenue and First Street will be closed while the contractor installs a water main and fire hydrant in the area.This temporary intersection closure is expected to be in place approximately two weeks.
  • Traffic will not be permitted through the intersection.
  • Access to residences and businesses will be maintained.
  • ONGOING: Second Street, from Palm to Highland is closed while the contractor prepares the roadway 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 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 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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