2013

2013

Streetcar Construction Update for Week of April 8

April 8, 2013

SunLinkIconThe 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.

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/UPCOMING WORK ACTIVITIES

  • On Thursday, April 11, 2013, the contractor paves the intersection of Congress Street and Fifth Avenue. The intersection will be open to motorists and bicyclist by the end of the day, Friday, April 12, 2013.
  • On Monday, April 8, 2013, Broadway Boulevard was reduced to one travel lane from Granada to Stone Avenues. The lane reduction is in place through the middle of June 2013 while the contractor installs rail along this section of roadway.
  • One eastbound Broadway travel lane is maintained between 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 are not allowed to turn at the intersection of Church Avenue and Broadway.
  • On Monday, April 8, 2013, north and southbound Church Avenue, at Broadway, was reduced to one travel lane in each direction. This lane reduction is in place through the middle of June 2013.
  • One eastbound Broadway travel lane is maintained through the Church Avenue intersection.
  • Because of the location of the work and restricted lanes, large trucks are not allowed to turn at the intersection.
  • North and southbound crosswalk access is maintained along the east side of the Church Avenue and Broadway intersection only.
  • East and westbound crosswalk access is maintained along both sides of the Broadway and Church Avenue intersection.
  • Parking is not allowed along the east side of Church Avenue between Broadway and Jackson Street.

On Monday, April 8, 2013 and Tuesday, April 9, 2013 from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, southbound Park Avenue between First and Second Streets, will be closed while the contractor completes utility installation in the area. Northbound Park Avenue traffic will be maintained. Officers will be on site to direct traffic. Access from Second Street to Park Avenue will be maintained. The sidewalk along the west side of Park Avenue at Second Street will be closed during this work.

  • On Monday, April 8, 2013 and Tuesday April 9, 2013, the contractor completes water main tie-over’s at the intersection of Broadway and Granada Avenue. To lessen the impact to the traveling public, the contractor will work during the overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 am. each night. Motorists should watch for signs directing them through the work area. Restrictions are as follows:
  • On Monday, April 8, 2013 – 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning:
  • Northbound Granada Avenue will be closed between the north entrance of the Tucson Convention Center and Broadway.
  • Southbound Granada Avenue between Broadway and Cushing Street will remain open to one travel lane.
  • Turn movements from southbound Granada Avenue will not be affected.
  • One lane of eastbound Broadway will be maintained.
  • Turn movements from Broadway onto Granada Avenue will not be affected.
  • On Tuesday, April 9, 2013 – 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning: Left turn movements from northbound Granada Avenue to westbound Congress Street will not be allowed. Eastbound Broadway to northbound Granada Avenue turn movements will not be permitted.
  • On Tuesday, April 9, 2013, from 6 a.m. to noon, the westbound lane of Second Street will be closed at Highland Avenue while the contractor installs the streetcar stop. Westbound vehicles will be directed to detour north on Vine Avenue to First Street and then west on Mountain Avenue. The eastbound lane of Second Street will remain open for exiting from the Second Street Garage and other through traffic.
  • The speed limit along Speedway Boulevard, between Cherry and Campbell Avenues, is reduced to 25 mph and lane widths are reduced from 12 feet to 11 feet in the area. The temporary lane width and speed limit reductions will be in place while work is completed on the Warren Avenue underpass.
  • On Monday, April 8, 2013, a project unrelated to the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar, placed a crane in the northbound lane of South Toole Avenue. The crane is in place during the week of April 8, 2013 through April 12, 2013. The following restrictions are in place during this work: The northbound lanes of South Toole Avenue is closed between 12th and Congress Streets. The southbound lanes of South Toole Avenue will not be impacted during this work.

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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 March 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 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:

  • 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 Barraza-Aviation Parkway; from the south by using sixth Avenue; or from the west by using Congress Street and Broadway.
  • The intersection of Congress and Fifth Avenue is closed. The closure will allow the contractor to install specialty rail elements within the intersection.
  • The closure will be in place until April 11, 2013 – a total of seven weeks.
  • Congress Street will be closed from Toole Avenue to just west of Fifth Avenue.
  • Parking along Fifth Avenue, north and south of Congress Street will be maintained.
  • Pedestrian access around the work area will be maintained.
  • Access to Arizona Avenue north of Broadway will remain open. Southbound travel on Arizona Avenue will not be permitted during this temporary closure.
  • Congress Street, between Sixth 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.

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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