2013

2013

Streetcar Construction Info for week of June 24

June 26, 2013

SunLinkIconThe following information was culled from the Tucson Modern Streetcar newsletter, 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. Motorists should consider using Speedway Boulevard or 22nd Street as alternate routes.

For a map of downtown traffic conditions please click here.

NEW/UPCOMING WORK ACTIVITIES

Following is detailed information for work during the week beginning June 24, 2013:

  • On Wednesday, June 26, 2013 and Thursday, June 27, 2013, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night, eastbound Broadway will be closed from Granada Avenue to Church Avenue. The closure allows the contractor to move concrete barrier in preparation of the paving operation planned for Saturday, June 29, 2013.
  • North, south and westbound movements through the Granada Avenue and Congress Street intersection will not be impacted.
  • Eastbound movements will not be allowed at the Granada Avenue and Congress Street intersection.
  • During the nighttime closure of eastbound Broadway, the County Court Complex parking garages on Pennington Street can be accessed by using Granada Avenue north to Alameda Street, east to Church Avenue, south to Congress Street and west to Pennington Street.
  • On Saturday, June 29, 2013, from 5:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the contractor will place the first layer of asphalt along Broadway, between Granada and Stone Avenues.
  • One lane of eastbound Broadway will be maintained.
  • Southbound (right) turn movements at Church Avenue from Broadway will be permitted.
  • Northbound (left) from Broadway to Church will not be permitted.
  • Northbound Church Avenue through traffic at Broadway will not be permitted. Motorists and bicyclist will be directed east (right) at Broadway. Motorists and bicyclist wishing to continue north should consider using Granada Avenue or Sixth Avenue as an alternate.
  • Southbound Church Avenue traffic will be directed west (right) at Congress Street.
  • The intersection of Stone Avenue and Broadway will not be impacted by this work.
  • Access to One South Church parking garage will be maintained, however there may be brief delays when equipment passes in front of the driveway.
  • North and southbound crosswalks at Church Avenue and Broadway will be closed from 5:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2013.
  • Eastbound Broadway traffic has been switched to the south side of the roadway between Granada and Stone Avenues while the contractor removes existing asphalt, completes curb and sidewalk and prepares the roadway for new pavement. The following traffic control will be in place through the end of June 2013.
  • At least one eastbound Broadway travel lane will be maintained at all times.
  • All through and turn movements will be maintained at the intersection of Granada Avenue and Congress Street/Broadway.
  • West Pennington Street and the Pima County Court Complex parking garages can be accessed by westbound Congress Street only. Click HERE for a detailed map
  • During the Week of June 24, 2013, the contractor will complete installation and begin adjustments of the overhead contact wire along Congress Street from Toole Avenue to Granada Avenue.
  • Motorists should expect lane restriction in the area.
  • Officers will be on site to direct traffic during this work.
  • The contractor has completed 98% of the underground utility upgrades and re-locations and 95% of the project has rail installed.
  • Cable wire is being installed all along the streetcar route, but impacts to traffic are minimal during this operation and usually only require parking or lane restrictions in the immediate area of the installation. Work is also being completed on the twenty-three stops along the route some of which will have special art installations.

For a map of downtown traffic conditions please click here.

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ONGOING WORK – ALL SECTIONS:

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 existing traffic signals and foundations at the intersections of Church Avenue and Broadway and Stone Avenue and Broadway have been removed.
  • Temporary three-way stops will be in place while the new traffic signals are installed.
  • Officers will direct traffic during peak travel times.
  • The existing traffic signals and foundations at the intersection of Granada Avenue and Congress Street have been removed.
  • Temporary signals will be in place while the new traffic signals are installed.
  • The contractor is 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.
  • The contractor has begun the installation of signal foundations and poles on the north half of the Scott Avenue and Sixth Avenue intersections at Broadway.
  • North and southbound traffic will not be permitted through the Scott Avenue and Broadway intersection.
  • Two travel lanes will be maintained along eastbound Broadway between Stone and Fifth Avenues.
  • Northbound Scott Avenue motorists and bicyclist will be required to turn right (east) at the Broadway intersection.
  • Southbound Scott Avenue motorists and bicyclists will be detoured right (west) at Congress Street and left (south) at Stone Avenue back to Broadway.
  • Eastbound Broadway to southbound (right) Scott Avenue turn movements are permitted during this work.
  • Eastbound Broadway to northbound (left) Scott Avenue turn movements will not be permitted.
  • Pedestrian access will be maintained during this work.
  • The existing traffic signals have been removed from the intersection of Broadway and 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 existing traffic signals have been removed from the intersection of Broadway and Scott Avenue.
  • Broadway is reduced to one travel lane from Granada to Stone Avenues. The lane reduction will be in place through the end 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 end 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.

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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:

  • The westbound I-10 frontage road from 22nd Street to Congress Street has been reopened to traffic.
  • One travel lane is open from 22nd Street to Cushing Street along the westbound I-10 frontage road.
  • Two travel lanes are open from Cushing Street to Congress Street along the westbound I-10 frontage road.
  • Cushing Street under I-10 will remain closed.
  • Cushing Street, east of the westbound I-10 frontage road, has been re-opened. Cushing Street under I-10 will remain closed.
  • Cushing Street, between the eastbound I-10 frontage road west to Avenida del Palo Fierro, is closed to motorists.
  • 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 is closed to through traffic.

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:

  • The intersection of Warren Avenue and First Street has been closed to allow the contractor to complete the removal of the existing roadway, underground utility work, rail placement and installation of the Overhead Contact System. This closure will be in place through July, 2013.
  • Second Street has been re-opened to motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians from Park Avenue to Campbell Avenue.
  • Helen Street, between Warren and Martin Avenues, is closed.
  • The Warren Avenue Underpass closure is expected to be in place through July 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.

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. ONGOING traffic control in this area is as follows:

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

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

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