Downtown is Open for Business While Congress Street is Closed for 4 Months

April 13, 2012

Congress Street will be closed to vehicular traffic between Toole Avenue and Stone Avenue for approximately four months. This curb to curb construction will require 24 hour closures.

Despite the construction, downtown Tucson and areas along Fourth Avenue are accessible to the traveling public.

“Businesses along the construction route are open, accessible and ready to serve,” said Tucson City Manager Richard Miranda. “These businesses and upcoming special events are significant to our community and we would like to see them remain successful. We welcome all the events taking place in and around Downtown and I want to encourage Tucsonans to come take part in these great events and patronize our local businesses. Downtown and Fourth Avenue are accessible and there is plenty of parking.”

Work started April 10  to reconstruct underground utilities and install track for the 3.9-mile-long Tucson Modern Streetcar project.

As a reminder, along with Congress Street, following restrictions are in place to facilitate the work for the Modern Streetcar:

Fourth Avenue will be closed between 6th Street and University Boulevard for approximately four months.

Sixth Avenue has been converted to two-way traffic between Broadway and 6th Street, including the 6th Avenue underpass. The roadway has been restriped and three temporary traffic signals have been installed at Broadway, Pennington Street and Congress Street.  This traffic control will help facilitate traffic flow during the closure of Congress Street.

Traffic signal timing on roadways adjacent to the closed roads have been adjusted to allow for additional green through  time to ease congestion.  Pedestrian access adjacent to these closures will be maintained at all times.

Additional information on the project can be viewed at