2013

2013

Streetcar Construction Update for Week of April 15

April 12, 2013

SunLinkIconThe following information was culled from the Tucson Modern Streetcar website, 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.

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.

For a map of downtown traffic conditions please click here.

(The map above – once opened – shows the opening of the 5th Avenue/Congress Street intersection!)

NEW/UPCOMING WORK ACTIVITIES

  • On Monday, April 15, 2013 from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following morning the contractor will remove existing traffic signals at the intersections of Broadway and Scott Avenue.
  • North and southbound Scott Avenue will be closed at Broadway on Monday, April 15, 2013 from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following morning.
  • After the traffic signal removals are completed, temporary stop signs will be in place on Scott Avenue. Broadway travel will be unrestricted at the intersection. This temporary traffic control will be in place while the new traffic signals are installed.
  • On Tuesday, April 16, 2013 from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following morning the contractor will remove existing traffic signals at the intersection of Broadway and Sixth Avenue.
  • North and southbound Sixth Avenue will be closed at Broadway on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following morning
  • After the traffic signal removals are completed, a temporary three-way stop will be in place at Broadway and Sixth Avenue. This temporary traffic control will be in place while the new traffic signals are installed.

ONGOING WORK – ALL SECTIONS:

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. ONGOING traffic control in this area is as follows:

  • Cushing Street between the eastbound I-10 frontage road west to Avenida Del Palo Fierro, is closed to motorists.
  • 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.
  • Crews are working on roadway grading and rail installation 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 westbound I-10 frontage road, between 22nd and Congress Streets is closed to allow the contractor to install water line and rail across the roadway. Motorists should watch for signs directing them around the work area.
  • Westbound I-10 frontage road traffic will be detoured onto I-10 at 22nd Street and off at Congress Street.
  • Neighborhood access from 22nd Street will be maintained.
  • In an effort to minimize motorists from cutting through the neighborhood, Simpson Street and 18th Street will also be closed at the frontage road.
  • The Cushing Street and I-10 underpass will be closed to through traffic.
  • Cushing Street will also be closed between Granada Avenue and the westbound I-10 frontage road.
  • The westbound I-10 frontage road, between 22nd and Congress Streets is closed to allow the contractor to install water line and rail across the roadway. Motorists should watch for signs directing them around the work area.
  • Access to the Congress Street I-10 on ramp will be maintained at all times.
  • Access to businesses along the eastbound I-10 frontage road will not be impacted.
  • The Cushing Street and I-10 underpass will be closed to through traffic.

Downtown

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:

  • Broadway is reduced to one travel lane from Granada to Stone Avenues. The lane reduction will be in place through the middle of June 2013 while the contractor installs rail along this section of roadway.
  • One eastbound Broadway travel lane will be maintained from Granada Avenue through the Church Avenue intersection.
  • Broadway and Stone Avenue intersection will not be impacted by this work.
  • Because of the location of the work and restricted lanes, large trucks will not be allowed to turn at the intersection of Church Avenue and Broadway.
  • ONGOING: North and southbound Church Avenue, at Broadway, has been reduced to one travel lane in each direction. This lane reduction will be in place through the middle of June 2013.
  • One eastbound Broadway travel lane will be maintained through the Church Avenue intersection.
  • Because of the location of the work and restricted lanes, large trucks will not be allowed to turn at the intersection.
  • North and southbound crosswalk access will be shifted from the east and west side of the Church Avenue and Broadway intersection as work progresses through the area.
  • East and westbound crosswalk access will be maintained along both sides of the Broadway and Church Avenue intersection.
  • Parking will not be allowed along the east side of Church Avenue between Broadway and Jackson Street.
  • Congress Street, between Toole and Church Avenues is open to traffic. Motorists and bicyclists will be required to turn north or south at Church Avenue.
  • The contractor will continue work to complete sidewalk, curb, ramps and signal installation along this stretch of roadway.
  • Motorists may experience intermittent lane restriction between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. during this work, however one lane of traffic will be maintained at all times.
  • 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 is in place.
  • 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.

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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:

  • No ongoing construction related activities are occurring along Fourth Avenue or University Boulevard at this time.

U of A and Health Sciences Center

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:

  • Park Avenue, between Second Street and University Boulevard is opened to motorists. Utility adjustments and pole and sidewalk installation will continue in the area. Pedestrian and vehicle access will not be impacted during the work.
  • 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 for 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 Overhead Contact System.
  • Access to the Second Street Garage will be maintained.
  •  Helen Street, between Warren and Martin Avenues is closed.
  • 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.

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