Streetcar Construction Update for Week of Jan. 21
January 20, 2013
The following information is provided by the Tucson Modern Streetcar weekly newsletter, also found online at TucsonStreetcar.com.
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.
Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians should prepare for extensive traffic control changes in the downtown area. Officers will be on site at several locations to direct travelers and pedestrians through the area during peak traffic times. Please plan for additional travel time while these temporary traffic control changes are in place.
The dates and times of the scheduled work may change due to inclement weather.
NEW WORK ACTIVITIES
- The intersections of Congress Street with Stone and Church Avenues are closed. These closures allow the contractor to complete the installation of water and sewer lines, electrical, curb, pole foundations, rail installation and paving. This work is expected to be completed by the end of January 2013.
- Motorists should watch for signs directing them around the work area.
- North and South bound through travel is open to motorists on Sixth Avenue and Granada Avenue.
- Southbound traffic on Stone Avenue is detoured east at Pennington Street using Scott and Sixth Avenues as southbound alternatives.
- Southbound Church Avenue is detoured west at Alameda Street using Granada Avenue to Broadway or Cushing Street as southbound alternatives.
- Officers will be on site to help direct motorists during peak travel times.
- Motorists may access parking garages on Scott Avenue by driving north from Congress Street.
- Northbound Scott Avenue is closed at Jackson Street.
- On Monday, January 21, the contractor will begin installing wire on Fourth Avenue near the Ninth Street intersection. The work is expected to be complete by Friday, January 25, 2013.
- North and southbound through traffic will not be permitted through the Fourth Avenue and Ninth Street Intersection.
- Southbound Fourth Avenue traffic must turn east or west at Eighth Street.
- Northbound Fourth Avenue traffic may turn east (right) at Ninth Street.
- Westbound Ninth Street traffic may turn south (left) at Fourth Avenue.
- Local traffic and parking on Fourth Avenue, between Eighth and Ninth Streets will be permitted.
- Restrictions will be in place from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
- The intersection of James E. Rogers Way and Park Avenue will open to east and west through traffic by the end of the day Monday, January 21, 2013. The roadway will be open for travel during the week, and then re-closed for the weekend. The closure allows the contractor to complete underground utility work and install rail along Park Avenue.
Due to overall traffic impacts in the downtown area, we have included this link for information regarding additional events that will impact travel in the downtown area this weekend.
ONGOING WORK – ALL SECTIONS
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. Ongoing traffic control in this area is as follows:
- Traffic along eastbound Congress Street, between Avenida del Convento and the Santa Cruz River Bridge, will be shifted to the center turn lane while the contractor installs utilities and rail along the roadway. The traffic shift is expected to be in place through March 2013.
- Crews are working on roadway removals and underground utilities along Avenida del Convento south of Congress Street.
- Avenida del Convento is closed from Paseo de los Zanjeros south to Cushing Street. Turn movements from Congress Street to Avenida del Convento will be permitted.
- The contractor is continuing work installing water lines on Granada Avenue between Congress and Cushing Streets. Access to the Federal Court complex and the Tucson Convention Center will be maintained.
- The westbound frontage road, between 22nd and Congress Streets is closed while the contractor installs water line and rail across the roadway. Motorists wishing access to the I-10 westbound frontage road will be detoured onto I-10 at 22nd Street and off at Congress Street. This temporary closure will be in place through January 28, 2013. Utility and rail installation across the eastbound frontage road is scheduled to begin mid-February 2013 and be in place through late March 2013.
- In an effort to minimize “cut through traffic,” Simpson and 18th Streets is also be closed at the frontage road.
- The Cushing Street and I-10 underpass is closed to through traffic.
This area of the project includes Congress Street and Broadway through downtown from Granada Avenue to 5th Avenue. Ongoing traffic control in this area is as follows:
- Access to the many events and activities in the downtown area can be reached from the north by using Sixth Avenue; from the east by using Broadway or Aviation Parkway; from the south by using Euclid Avenue and turning left on Broadway; or from the west by using Congress Street and Broadway.
- Arizona Avenue at Broadway will be closed while the contractor installs a new water line. The closure will be in place through the end of January 2013.
- Access to parking and businesses along Arizona Avenue can be reached from 12th Street.
- Broadway traffic will not be impacted by this work.
- The contractor is installing traffic signal foundations and poles along Congress Street at the intersections between Church and Scott Avenues. Motorists should be prepared for possible lane restrictions as work progresses through the area.
- Congress Street between Church and Granada Avenues is closed. Work includes replacing water main, upgrading electrical, installing track and paving. A full, 24-hour street closure will be in place through the end of January 2013.
- Access to Pennington Street from eastbound Broadway will be maintained as long as possible; however, there will be short intermittent closures to allow crews to install water lines and rail across the roadway. Advance notice will be provided prior to restricting access to Pennington Street.
- Entering Congress Street from the Pima County Complex parking garage access road will not be permitted.
- Congress Street is open to one travel lane between Toole and Scott Avenues.
- Broadway between Granada and Fifth Avenues is restricted to one travel lane while the contractor completes the installation of a new water line, utilities and rail. The lane restrictions will be in place 24 hours a day through Spring 2013.
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. Ongoing traffic control in this area is as follows:
- Park Avenue, between University Boulevard and Second Street, is closed while the contractor installs water line, utilities and rail.
This area of the project includes Second Street to Warren Avenue, the Warren Avenue underpass and a section of Helen Street that connects to the Health Science Center. Ongoing traffic control in this area is as follows:
- 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.
- 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.
- Helen Street, between Warren and Martin Avenues will be closed through January 2013.
- The Warren Avenue Underpass closure is expected to be in place through June 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.