March 18, 2012

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.  Work throughout the improvement area will necessitate multiple street closures and restrictions that will impact motorists and bicyclists.

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

Eighth Street, between Fifth and Fourth Avenues is closed.  The closure will be in place until mid-March 2012, while the contractor builds the 20-foot by 12-foot underground drainage facility

Stop signs have been placed on northbound Sixth Avenue at Seventh Street.  The new Stop Signs will initiate a temporary three-way stop at the intersection.  This traffic control change is in preparation of converting Sixth Avenue to two-way travel between Sixth and Seventh Streets.

Stevens Avenue opened to vehicular traffic on Saturday, March 17, 2012.

Through Friday, March 23, 2012, the contractor will pave and place temporary striping along Seventh Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues and Fifth Street, between Seventh and Eighth Streets.

Temporary closures will be in place during this operation.  Weather permitting, the roadway will open to traffic on  Friday, March 23, 2012.

Fourth Avenue/Eighth Street Intersection Closure – on Monday, March 26, 2012 the contractor will begin placing the underground drainage facility across Fourth Avenue at Eighth Street.  The work will require the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Eighth Street to be completely closed.  The following information details traffic control changes in the area:
– Monday, March 26, 2012 through the end of April 2012, the intersection of Fourth Avenue/Eighth Street will be closed.
Fourth Avenue, between Seventh and Ninth Streets will be closed to vehicular traffic but open to local access/deliveries.

Motorists wishing to travel north-south along Fourth Avenue between Seventh and Ninth Streets will be detoured around the work area.

The traveling public can expect delays when driving, bicycling or walking in the work area.  For your safety, please observe all traffic control signage and 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 www.RTAmobility.com.

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).