Streetcar Construction Update for Week of Oct. 22

October 23, 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:

  • Congress Street, between Sixth Avenue and Stone, is open to bicycle and pedestrian traffic.
  • Congress Street between Sixth and Scott Avenues is re-opened to one lane of traffic.
  • Scott Avenue, between Pennington Street and Broadway Boulevard, is re-opened to vehicular 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.
  • Caylor Construction, a private developer unrelated to the Sun Link Streetcar project, has begun construction of a 6-story building at the northeast corner of Broadway and Stone Avenue. Motorist should watch for workers and equipment in the area.
  • ONGOING: 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 one week to complete. When the sewer improvements are complete, the contractor will begin work on waterline installations along this stretch of roadway.
  • 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:

  • Construction of the High School Wash box culvert, located in an area along Fourth Avenue between Seventh and Eighth Streets, has begun. Construction of the box culvert is expected to be complete by December 3, 2012.
  • Fourth Avenue from Seventh Street to Ninth Street is closed to vehicular and bicycle traffic.
  • The intersection of Eighth Street and Fourth Avenue is closed. Parking is available on Eighth Street east and west of the intersection.
  • The intersection of Ninth Street and Fourth Avenue is open to southbound turn movements only. Ninth Street, west of Fourth Avenue is closed to all vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic while construction of the Maintenance and Storage facility is underway.
  • At 7 a.m. on Wednesday, October 24, the contractor closes the intersection of Third Avenue and University Boulevard to through traffic. The closure allows the contractor to complete work along University Boulevard from the west side of Fourth Avenue to east of Third Avenue. The scheduled work includes: roadway excavation, drainage, preparing subgrade and placement of the aggregate base coarse, construction of curb and ramps, curved rail and switch installation, pouring the concrete track slabs and paving. The work is expected to take approximately seven-weeks to complete. University Boulevard from the west side of Fourth Avenue to just east of Third Avenue will be closed until December 6, 2012.
  • Vehicle and bicycle traffic along north and southbound Third and Fourth Avenues and east and westbound University Boulevard will be detoured around the work area.
  • Pedestrian access to all residents and businesses in the area will be maintained.
  • Parking north and south of the Third and Fourth Avenue intersections with University Boulevard will be maintained.
  • On Monday, October 22, southbound Euclid Avenue, between Second and Fifth Streets is reduced to one travel lane from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. The temporary lane closure allows the contractor to safely deliver and install an oversized piece of equipment.
  • ONGOING: University Boulevard from Euclid to just east of Third Avenue has been reopened to vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
  • 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: The intersection of Eighth Street and Fourth Avenue is closed. Access to the MaloneyÕs and OÕMalley parking lot can be reached by using the Eighth Street/Herbert Avenue entrance.

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:

  • ONGOING: The intersection of Warren Avenue and First Street is closed while the contractor installs a water main and fire hydrant in the area. This temporary 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 is closed.
  • 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, 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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