2013

2013

Streetcar Construction for Sept 22-28

September 24, 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.

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  • The first Tucson Sun Link Streetcar has arrived at the Maintenance and Operation Facility. A series of overnight testing of the vehicle and electrical system is scheduled to be conducted over the next several weeks.
  • During the week beginning September 23, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning, the Sun Link Streetcar will be pulled by a tow truck (dead wire testing) along sections of the alignment. When that phase of testing has been completed, the overhead system will be energized, and the streetcar will be tested along sections of the alignment at speeds of 1 to– 2 mph and 10 to– 12 mph.
  • Officers will escort the vehicle and help direct traffic during this operation.
  • Beginning at 10 p.m. on Sunday, September 22, the contractor is removing the temporary pavement markings at the intersection of Congress Street/Toole Avenue/Fourth Avenue and replace them with permanent striping.
  • Motorists should plan for short intermittent delays during this operation.
  • After the permanent striping has been placed Toole Avenue will re-open to two-way travel from Sixth Avenue to Congress Street.
  • On Sunday, September 22, 2013, the contractor began striping the roadway along several sections of the streetcar route alignment.
  • The work takes place Sunday-Thursday, nights from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning.
  • The striping operation is expected to be complete by October 4, 2013.
  • Motorists should expect lane and parking restrictions in the area of work.
  • On Tuesday, September 24 through Wednesday, September 25, from 10 p.m. though 5 a.m. the following morning, the contractor will conduct electrical testing along portions of the streetcar line. Roadways affected during this work are: the Fourth Avenue Underpass, Toole Avenue, Congress Street, Granada Avenue, Cushing Street, Avenida del Convento, Linda Avenue and Broadway.
  • The testing operation will move along the roadways.
  • Pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles will be prohibited from crossing the rail in the immediate area of the work.
  • Officers will be on site to help direct traffic and pedestrians around the work area.
  • Travel will be restricted to one direction at a time through the Fourth Avenue underpass.
  • Avenida del Convento is closed from Cushing Street to Paseo de Los Zanjeros. The closure allows the contractor to install curbs and sidewalks and grade and pave the roadway.
    The closure will be in place through Friday, September 27, 2013.
  • Turn movements from Congress Street to Avenida del Convento will be maintained.
  • Cushing Street under I-10 will be open to traffic by the end of the day Monday, September 23, 2013. Cushing Street between the eastbound I-10 frontage road west to Avenida del Palo Fierro, will remain closed to motorists.
  • On Tuesday, September 24, the contractor will begin overnight work to adjust utilities in the intersection of Congress Street and Granada Avenue. Following are the planned work hours and restrictions:
  • Tuesday, September 24, from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. the following morning
  • Northbound Granada Avenue at Congress Street will be restricted to right turns (EB) only. Left turns (WB) and through movements will not be allowed.
  • Southbound Granada Avenue will be closed at Alameda. Motorists will be directed east to Church Avenue or west to Manning House Way.
  • Westbound Congress Street at Granada Avenue will be restricted to right turns (NB) only. Left turns (SB) and through movements will not be allowed.
  • Eastbound Congress Street at Granada Avenue will be restricted to right turn (SB) only. Left turns (NB) and through movements will not be allowed.
  • 6 a.m. Wednesday, September 24, 2013 to 6 a.m. Thursday, September 25, 2013
  • Northbound Granada at Congress Street will have lane restrictions, but all through and turn movements will be open.
  • Southbound Granada Avenue at Congress Street will have lane restrictions, but all through and turn movements will be open.
  • Westbound Congress Street at Granada Avenue will be open to right turns (NB) and through movements. Left turns (SB) movements will not be allowed.
  • Eastbound Congress Street at Granada Avenue will have lane restrictions, but all through and turn movements will be open.
  • Downtown traffic signal installation is complete and the signals have been activated. Three way stops have been removed. Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians should use caution in the area while the public becomes accustomed to the change in traffic control throughout the downtown area.
  • The contractor will continue with utility adjustments through the end of September 2013, along Broadway, Congress Street and Granada Avenue. Motorists should prepare for lane restrictions in the area of work. At least one travel lane will be maintained at all times.
  • The contractor is continuing with adjustments of the overhead contact wire in the downtown area. Motorists should expect temporary lane restrictions in the area. Officers will be on site to direct traffic during this work.
  • The contractor will continue installing sidewalks, curb and access ramps in the following areas:
  • Broadway, from Granada Avenue to Fifth Avenue.
  • 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.

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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. Traffic control in this area is as follows:

  • ONGOING: Cushing Street, between the eastbound I-10 frontage road west to Avenida del Palo Fierro, is closed to motorists.

Downtown

This area of the project includes Congress Street and Broadway through downtown from Granada Avenue to 5th Avenue. Traffic control in this area is listed above.

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 Boulevard or Aviation Parkway; from the south by using Sixth Avenue; or from the west by using Congress Street/Broadway Boulevard.

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. Traffic control in this area is as follows:

  • ONGOING: The Warren Avenue Underpass closure is in place while the contractor completes the installation of the Overhead Contact System and safety fencing. 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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