Streetcar Construction Update for Week of Nov. 26

November 19, 2012

The following information is provided by the Tucson Modern Streetcar weekly newsletter, also found online at

Please note: 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.

The following schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions and/or equipment failure.

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:

  • The streetcar contractor continues infrastructure-related work at the westbound I-10 frontage road at Cushing Street. Work includes placing a water main across the frontage road and demolishing and removing pavement. Work is expected to be complete by the end of January 2013.
  • Cushing Street, between Granada Avenue and the westbound frontage road, is open to westbound travel only.
  • The westbound frontage road at Cushing Street is reduced to one travel lane.
  • No right turns permitted from the westbound frontage road to Cushing Street.
  • Access across the frontage road from westbound Cushing Street is not permitted.
  • Access from Cushing Street to South Sentinel Avenue is not permitted.
  • The contractor is continuing work installing water lines on Granada Avenue between Congress and Cushing Streets. Access to the Federal Court complex and the Tucson Convention Center will be maintained.
  • As this work progresses, traffic movement will be alternated between the north and south bound lanes of travel to accommodate work in the area. One travel lane in each direction will be maintained.


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

  • On Monday, November 26, 2012, at 6 a.m. the contractor began work on Congress Street between Church and Granada Avenues. Work includes replacing water main, upgrading electrical, installing track and paving. A full, 24-hour street closure will be in place through the end of January.
  • Access to Pennington Street from eastbound Broadway will be maintained as long as possible; however, there will be short intermittent closures to allow crews to install water lines and rail across the roadway. Advance notice will be provided prior to restricting access to Pennington Street.
  • Entering Congress Street from the Pima County Complex parking garage access road will not be permitted.
  • Broadway, from Church Avenue to just west of the Stone Avenue intersection, is closed to allow the contractor to repair and replace the re-designed sewer system. The condition of the sewer lines and manholes require crews to conduct extensive underground work. The boundaries of the work area and safety considerations require a complete, 24-hour, street closure of Broadway from Church to Stone Avenues through mid-December, 2012. Officers will be on site during peak travel times to direct traffic:
  • Broadway through traffic may detour north on Church Avenue to Pennington Street, east to Stone Avenue and south back to Broadway, or
  • Broadway through traffic may detour south on Church Avenue to Cushing Street, east to Stone Avenue and north back to Broadway
  • Turn movements from eastbound Broadway to northbound Church will be maintained during the day; however, there may be intermittent night time closures.
  • Access to the underground parking garage for tenants of 1 South Church Avenue will be maintained.
  • Parking will not be allowed along Church Avenue between Broadway and Jackson Street while the detour is in place.
  • Sidewalk access will be maintained; however, north and southbound Church Avenue pedestrians must use the crosswalk on the west side of the intersection to cross Broadway during this work.

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  • ONGOING: Congress Street is open to one travel lane between Toole and Scott Avenues.
  • Parking will not be permitted between Fifth and Sixth Avenues on Congress Street.
  • Most fencing in the area has been removed. Some of the remaining fences are protecting work sites of private business improvements in the area.
  • ONGOING: The contractor will continue underground utility work along Broadway. Motorists should anticipate nightly lane restrictions between Fifth and Granada Avenues with traffic possibly reduced to one travel lane through the area. Restrictions will be in place from 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning.
  • On-street parking will not be permitted along Broadway between Granada and Fifth Avenues.

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:

  • Starting on Monday, November 26, Park Avenue from University Boulevard to Second Street is closed. This closure is in place while the contractor completes the removal of the existing roadway, underground utility work, rail placement and installation of the Overhead Contact System (OCS). This closure is expected to be in place through February 2013.
  • Business and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.
  • Flaggers will be on site to assist with right turn movements from northbound Park Avenue to University Boulevard (Old Main).
  • ONGOING: The intersection of Third Avenue and University Boulevard is closed to through traffic. The closure allows the contractor to complete work along University Boulevard from the west side of Fourth Avenue to east of Third Avenue. The scheduled work includes; roadway excavation, drainage, preparing subgrade and placement of the aggregate base coarse, construction of curbs and ramps, curved rail and switch installation, pouring the concrete track slabs and paving. The work is expected to take approximately seven weeks to complete. University Boulevard from the west side of Fourth Avenue to just east of Third Avenue will be closed until December 6, 2012.
  • Vehicle and bicycle traffic along north and southbound Third and Fourth Avenues and east and westbound University Boulevard will be detoured around the work area.
  • Pedestrian access to all residents and businesses in the area will be maintained.
  • Parking north and south of the Third and Fourth Avenue intersections with University Boulevard will be maintained.
  • ONGOING: Fourth Avenue from Seventh Street to Ninth Street is closed to vehicular and bicycle traffic.
  • The intersection of Ninth Street and Fourth Avenue is open to southbound turn movements only. Ninth Street, west of Fourth Avenue, is closed to all vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic while construction of the Maintenance and Storage facility is underway.
  • ONGOING: Construction activities continue on the High School Wash box culvert located in an area along Fourth Avenue between Seventh and Eighth Streets. Construction of the box culvert and roadway improvements are expected to be complete by December 3, 2012.

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:

  • On Monday, November 26, the contractor began installing electrical conduit on Mabel Street, between Vine and Cherry Avenues. Work will begin in the intersection of Vine Avenue and Mabel Street and progress eastward. Motorists and bicyclist should be alert for restrictions in the area. The work area will be covered at night so that residents can easily access their properties.
  • ONGOING: The intersection of Warren Avenue and Second Street is closed while the contractor installs curved rail, pours the concrete track slab and paves the roadway.
  • Traffic will not be permitted through the intersection.
  • Access to residents and businesses will be maintained.
  • ONGOING: Second Street, from Palm Drive to Highland Avenue is re-opened to vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian access.
  • Motorists should watch for intermittent lane closures during OCS pole installation and streetcar stop stations.
  • James E. Rogers Way has been converted back to one-way westbound travel.
  • ONGOING: Second Street is closed to vehicular and bicycle traffic between Cherry and Warren Avenues for the removal of the existing roadway, underground utility work, rail placement and installation of the OCS.
  • Access to the Second Street Garage will be maintained.
  • ONGOING: Helen Street, between Warren and Martin Avenues will be closed through December 2012.
  • ONGOING: The Warren Avenue Underpass closure is expected to be in place through May 2013 while the contractor completes the removal of the existing roadway, underground utility work, rail placement and installation of the Overhead Contact System. 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.