Streetcar Construction Update for Week of Oct. 15

October 17, 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:

  • Through Friday, October 19, Broadway between Stone and Scott Avenues is closed each night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. The overnight closure is to allow private developer Caylor Construction to complete their underground utility improvements along this section of roadway.
  • Eastbound Broadway traffic will be detoured south at Stone Avenue. Signs will be in place to help direct motorists and bicyclist around the work area.
  • Eastbound turn movements from Stone Avenue onto Broadway will not be permitted. Motorists should watch for signs directing them around the work area.
  • Pedestrian access will be maintained.
  • Congress Street, between Sixth and Stone Avenues, is open to bicycle and pedestrian traffic.
  • Scott Avenue, between Pennington Street and Broadway, is now open to vehicular traffic.
  • Congress Street between 6th and Scott Avenues is opened to one lane of traffic.
  • The contractor is working to complete curb, ramps and sidewalks and finish utility adjustments, along Congress Street, from Fifth Avenue to just east of Stone Avenue.
  • The contractor is installing a new sewer mainline and HCS connections on Congress Street between Stone and Church Avenues. Work is expected to take approximately two weeks to complete. When the sewer improvements are complete, the contractor will begin work on waterline installations along this stretch of roadway.
  • Caylor Construction, a private developer unrelated to the Sun Link Streetcar project, is installing underground utilities along Broadway between Scott and Stone Avenues. Motorist should watch for workers and equipment in the area.
  • ONGOING: Traffic on Granada Avenue, between Congress and Cushing Streets has been shifted to the southbound 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 overnight 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 with traffic possibly reduced to one travel lane through the area. 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:

  • Motorists should watch for signs directing them around the work area.
  • Westbound travel through the intersection will not be impacted.
  • Sixth Street, at the intersection of Fourth Avenue, has re-opened to two travel lanes in each direction.
  • Fourth Avenue, south of Sixth Street remains closed to vehicular traffic.
  • During the week of October 15, the contractor will begin construction of the High School Wash box culvert in an area between Seventh and Eighth Streets on Fourth Avenue. Construction is expected to take approximately eight weeks to complete
  • ONGOING:University Boulevard from Euclid to just east of Third Avenue has been reopened to vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
  • East and west through traffic at the Third Avenue and University Boulevard intersection is not permitted.
  • 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 re-opened 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 the Streetcar Stop.
  • 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: 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 is not 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 Avenue to Fourth Avenue are not permitted.

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 intersection of Warren Avenue and First Street is closed while the contractor installs a water main and fire hydrant in the area. This intersection closure is expected to be in place through November 2, 2012.
  • Traffic will not be permitted through the intersection.
  • Access to residents 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. On Thursday, October 18, from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning, the contractor will pour the concrete track slab.
  • 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 Palm Drive 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: 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 Overhead Contact System. 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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