Downtown Links Work Could Start on St. Mary’s in October

June 27, 2012

Behind the scenes, the Downtown Links road corridor project is moving ahead and by October construction could be underway on St. Mary’s Road/6th Street near Interstate 10.

The St. Mary’s segment is in green, on the left.

Downtown Links is the roadway that will connect the Barraza-Aviation Parkway to Interstate 10 via a roadway along the railroad track that will tie into 6th Street and St. Mary’s.

“The City of Tucson Department of Transportation is very close to going out to bid for the St. Mary’s improvements from I-10 to Church Avenue,” Tucson Department of Transportation Project Manager Tom Fisher wrote in a letter to Downtown Links partners. “Our target month for selecting a contractor is September with construction to begin within the following few weeks.

“This project will take approximately 12 to 15 months to complete depending on site conditions. We will keep you posted when the contractor has been selected and we are ready to schedule a pre-construction meeting.

“Last week, the RTA Board approved additional funding to continue design of the remaining segments of the corridor from Church to Broadway. We will be coordinating with HDR Engineering and other members of our project team to initiate the design process once again. We anticipate meeting with the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) in late July or early August to review the whole project and focus on the next tasks.”

Fischer also welcomed two new businesses at 6th Avenue and 7th Street, EXO Roast Company and Old Market Inn Tile Shop.

“We welcome these two new businesses to the Downtown Links/Historic Warehouse District redevelopment area,” Fisher wrote. “Please stop by to meet the owners, have some fresh-roasted coffee, and buy some hand-made tiles. And Miller’s Surplus would appreciate your business too. This street corner is coming alive!”