Streetcar Construction Update for Week of Nov. 12

November 15, 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.

I-10 and West End of Line

This area of the project includes the west side of Interstate 10, Cushing Street under I-10 to Granada Avenue and Granada Avenue to Congress Street. Traffic control in this area is as follows:

  • On Sunday, November 11, 2012, the contractor began work to install a water main across the westbound I-10 frontage road at Cushing Street. The work involvea water main placement across the frontage road, and demolition and removal of some pavement.
  • The westbound frontage road is reduced to one travel lane at Cushing Street.
  • Right turn movements from the westbound frontage road to Cushing Street is not be permitted.
  • Cushing Street, between Granada and the westbound frontage road is open to westbound travel only.

Downtown

This area of the project includes Congress Street and Broadway through downtown from Granada Avenue to 5th Avenue. Traffic control in this area is as follows:

  • At 6 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, the contractor began the repair and replacement of the re-designed sewer system that extends across Broadway from Church Avenue to just west of the Stone Avenue intersection. Current conditions of the sewer lines and manholes require extensive underground work. The boundaries of the work area and safety considerations necessitate Broadway from Church Avenue to Stone Avenue to be completely closed. The closure will be in effect 24 hours-per-day and is expected to be in place through mid-December 2012.
  • Broadway through traffic may detour north on Church Avenue to Pennington Street, east to Stone Avenue and south back to Broadway, or
  • Broadway through traffic may detour south on Church Avenue to Cushing Street, east to Stone Avenue and north back to Broadway.
  • Officers will be on site to help direct traffic.
  • Turn movements from eastbound Broadway to northbound Church will be maintained during the day, however, there may be intermittent night time closures of this turn movement.
  • Access to the underground parking garage for tenants of 1 South Church Avenue will be maintained.
  • Parking will not be allowed along Church Avenue between Broadway and Jackson Street while the detour is in place.
  • Sidewalk access will be maintained at all times, however, north and south bound Church Avenue pedestrians must use the crosswalk on the west side of the intersection to cross Broadway while intersection work is under way.
  • 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. Motorists should watch for workers and equipment in the area.
  • ONGOING: Congress Street is open to one travel lane between Toole and Scott Avenues.
  • Parking will not be permitted between Fifth and Sixth Avenues on Congress Street.
  • Most fencing in the area has been removed. Some of the remaining fences are protecting work sites of private business improvements in the area.
  • ONGOING: The contractor is continuing work on the installation of water lines along Granada Avenue, between Congress and Cushing Streets. 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 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.
  • 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 the west side of Interstate 10, Cushing Street under I-10 to Granada Avenue and Granada Avenue to Congress Street. Traffic control in this area is as follows:

  • Beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday, November 12, 2012 through 6 a.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2012, motorists on University Boulevard between Euclid and Tyndall Avenues will be shifted to allow crews to complete work on the stamped asphalt crosswalks.
  • Some parking within the work area may be temporarily impacted.
  • ONGOING: Fourth Avenue from Seventh Street to Ninth Street is closed to vehicular and bicycle traffic.
  • 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.
  • ONGOING: The intersection of Third Avenue and University Boulevard is closed 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 curbs 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.
  • ONGOING: Construction activities continue on the High School Wash box culvert located in an area along Fourth Avenue between Seventh and Eighth Streets. Construction of the box culvert and roadway improvements are expected to be complete by December 3, 2012.
  • ONGOING: Fourth Avenue between Ninth and Seventh 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 Seventh and Ninth Streets.
  • Fourth Avenue businesses located south of Sixth Street can be reached by using Third or Fifth Avenues.

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:

  • From Monday, November 12, 2012 through Wednesday, November 21, 2012, Park Avenue from University Boulevard to Second Street is closed. The closure will allow the contractor to begin sidewalk removals, electrical work and placement of pole foundations.
  • The closure includes the intersections of Park Avenue and University Boulevard and Park Avenue and Second Street.
  • Flaggers will be on site to assist with right turn movements from northbound Park Avenue to University Boulevard (Old Main).
  • Park Avenue will be completely open to motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists over the Thanksgiving Holiday beginning Wednesday evening, November 21 through 6 a.m. Monday, November 26, 2012.
  • ADVANCE NOTICE: On Monday, November 26, Park Avenue from University Boulevard to Second Street will be closed. This closure will be in place while the contractor completes the removal of the existing roadway, underground utility work, rail placement and installation of the Overhead Contact System. This closure is expected to be in place through February 2013.
  • ONGOING: The intersection of Warren Avenue and Second Street is closed while the contractor installs curved rail, pours the concrete track slab and paves the roadway.
  • Traffic will not be permitted through the intersection.
  • Access to residents and businesses will be maintained.
  • ONGOING: Second Street, from Palm Drive to Highland Avenue is re-opened to vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian access.
  • Motorists should watch for intermittent lane closures during OCS pole installation and streetcar stop stations.
  • James E. Rogers Way has been converted back to one-way westbound travel.
  • 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.
  • ONGOING: Helen Street, between Warren and Martin Avenues will be closed through December 2012.
  • 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.

The construction activity information in this update is subject to change at any time.

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