2013

2013

Streetcar Construction Update for Week of April 22

April 23, 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.

For a map of downtown traffic conditions please click here.

NEW/UPCOMING WORK ACTIVITIES

  • The existing traffic signals have been removed from the intersections of Broadway and Scott Avenue.
  • A temporary three-way stop is in place at the Broadway and Scott Avenue intersection. This temporary traffic control will be in place while the new traffic signals are installed. Beginning the week of April 22, 2013, motorists should expect intermittent closures of Scott Avenue at Broadway while the contractor installs new pole foundations, poles and signals. Motorists will be directed around the area during this work.
  • The existing traffic signals have been removed from the intersection of Broadway & Sixth Avenue. A temporary three-way stop is in place at the Broadway and Sixth Avenue intersection. This temporary traffic control will be in place while the new traffic signals are installed.
  • The contractor will begin installing stop foundations and canopies, and poles for the overhead contact system (OCS) in the downtown area along Congress Street and Broadway. Officers will be on site to direct traffic during this work.
  • On Friday, April 26, 2013, the contractor will pave Avenida del Convento and the eastbound lanes of Congress Street, between Avenida del Convento and Linda Avenue. The roadways are expected to re-open to traffic on April 30, 2013, following the completion of striping and utility adjustments.
  • During the week of April 22, 2013, the contractor will remove the lane and speed limit restrictions along Speedway Boulevard, between Cherry and Campbell Avenues.
  • On Saturday, April 20, 2013, a project unrelated to the Sun Links Streetcar project,  began installing a 90-inch storm drain along St. Mary’s Road and Sixth Street between Church and Granada Avenues. This work will require St Mary’s Road and Sixth Street in this area to be completely closed. The closure will be in place through the end of May 2013.
  • Eastbound turn movements from northbound Church Avenue will be allowed.
  • Granada Avenue will be open to north and south through traffic and westbound turn movements only.
  • Through traffic at the intersection of Main Avenue and Sixth Street will not be permitted.
  • The University Service Annex Building can be accessed through its parking lot on the east side of the building off Sixth Street and the entrance on Main Avenue, north of Sixth Street.
  • Pedestrian access at the intersection of Granada Avenue and St. Mary’s Road and Sixth Street will be maintained.
  • One travel lane in each direction will be maintained along St. Mary’s Road between Granada Avenue and the westbound I-10 frontage road.
  • Access to Davis Elementary School will be maintained at all times.

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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. The traffic shift is expected to be in place through April 2013.
  • 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 eastbound I-10 frontage road is reduced to one travel lane between Congress and Cushing Streets.
  • 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.
  • 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, and OCS pole 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:

  • 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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