2013

2013

Streetcar Construction Info for August 18-24

August 18, 2013

SunLinkIconThe contractor has completed 98% of the underground utility upgrades and re-locations and 100% of the project has rail installed! The project is at 85% completion.

The 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.

View project maps here.

Please Note: Weather related impacts may affect the scheduled work.

NEW WORK ACTIVITIES

  • At 6 a.m. on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, traffic on Granada Avenue between Congress Street and the westbound I-10 frontage road, will be switched to the northbound lanes of Granada Avenue, while the contractor makes utility adjustments and prepares the southbound lanes for paving.The paving operation will take place over night.
  • Access to the DeConcini Federal Court House will be maintained, however, there may be short delays (during the night) while paving equipment passes in front of the driveway.
  • During the week of August 18, 2013, the contractor will begin roadway utility adjustments in preparation of upcoming paving activities in the downtown area.
  • Most work will be performed overnight between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning.
  • Motorists may encounter lane restrictions along Broadway, Granada Avenue and Congress Street.
  • The contractor is continuing with the installation and adjustments of the overhead contact wire along Broadway from Toole Avenue to Granada Avenue. Motorists should expect lane restrictions in the area. Officers will be on site to direct traffic during this work.
  • The contractor will continue installing traffic poles and signals, conduit, sidewalks, curb and access ramps in the following areas:
  • Broadway, from Granada Avenue to Fifth Avenue.
  • Granada Avenue, from Congress Street to Cushing Street.
  • Cushing Street from Granada, west under I-10 to Avenida Del Convento.
  • Traffic may be shifted to accommodate work in the area.
  • Temporary turn restrictions at intersections may be in place during these activities.
  • During the week of August 18, 2013 the contractor will conduct testing of the Overhead Contact System along the streetcar line between Helen Street and University Boulevard. Work will progress along the line. Police will direct traffic and ensure pedestrian safety during this operation. Scheduled work hours are:
  • On Monday August 19, 2013 and Tuesday, August 20, 2013 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
  • On Tuesday August 20, 2013 and Wednesday August 21, 2013 from 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. the following morning.
  • WORK UNRELATED TO THE STREETCAR PROJECT:
    On Tuesday, August 20, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Comcast employees will be working at the intersection of Congress Street and Granada Avenue to place asphalt patches following work previously completed in the area.
    Motorists should expect lane restrictions on Granada Avenue and Congress Street. All through and turn movements will be maintained. Officers will help direct traffic through the area.

ADVANCE NOTICE: The contractor will begin the downtown milling, paving and striping operation on Sunday, August 25, 2013. All work will be done at night and is expected to be completed prior to the Labor Day Holiday. More detailed information will be provided prior to work beginning.

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ONGOING WORK – ALL SECTIONS:

Downtown

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 Sixth Avenue; or from the west by using Congress Street/Broadway.

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:

  • 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 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.
  • North and southbound Church Avenue, at Broadway, has been reduced to one travel lane in each direction.
  • 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.

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, 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.

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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 Cherry and Martin Avenues has been re-opened to traffic.
  • Warren Avenue, from Second Street to north of First Street and east and west bound travel through the First Street and Second Street intersections at Warren Avenue have been re-opened to traffic.
  • 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.
  • The Warren Avenue Underpass closure is in place 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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