Infrastructure Improvement Brings Closures to 4th Avenue Area

January 9, 2012

Work throughout the 8th Street Drainage Improvement area will require multiple street closures and restrictions that will impact motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians in the neighborhood around the 4th Avenue shopping area.

The Eighth Street Drainage Improvement project limits extend from Sixth Avenue on the west to Third Avenue on the east and Sixth Street on the north to Stevens Avenue on the south.

Here is the current outlook:

• The intersection of 5h Avenue and 8th Street is closed. The closure will be in place until mid-February while the contractor builds the 20-foot by 12-foot underground drainage system.

• 7th Street, between 6th Avenue and Arizona Avenue, will be closed until mid-February.

• The intersection of 8th Street and Herbert Avenue will be closed for approximately three months.

• The intersection of 5th Avenue and 7th Street is closed. Access to businesses will be maintained. This intersection is expected to remain closed through mid-January.

• 3rd Avenue will be closed to through traffic between 6th Street and 8th Street from Jan. 10 to Jan. 13. Access to homes in the area will be maintained.

Traffic control on Herbert and Hoff Avenues, between Sixth Street and Ninth Street only, has been changed to allow for two-way travel.

Business and pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the work area.

The traveling public can expect delays when driving, bicycling or walking in this work area. For your safety, please observe all traffic control signage, message boards, and obey reduced speed limits. Watch for construction personnel and equipment in the work zone.

The Downtown Links improvement project is part of the long-range Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) plan that was approved by Tucson-area voters in 2006. The voter-approved, $2.1 billion RTA plan will be implemented through 2026. Details about the full plan are available at The RTA has a nine-member board with representatives from local, state and tribal governments. While funded through the RTA, the above project is managed by the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT).