Streetcar Construction Update for Week of March 11

March 9, 2013

SunLinkIconThe following information is provided by the Tucson Modern Streetcar weekly newsletter, also found online at TucsonStreetcar.com. If you have any questions or concerns, call the info line at 624-5656 to speak to a team member about the project.

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.

Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians should prepare for extensive traffic control changes in the downtown area. Officers will be on site at several locations to direct travelers and pedestrians through the area during peak traffic times. Please plan for additional travel time while these temporary traffic control changes are in place.

The dates and times of the scheduled work may change due to inclement weather.


  • Beginning at 6 a.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2013 the contractor will transport welded rail to the work area along Broadway between Fifth and Church Avenues. The rail will be moved from an area near the Greyhound Station, north along Granada Avenue, and then east into the Broadway work area. Several segments of rail will be transported.
  • Granada Avenue, between Cushing and Congress Streets, will be closed intermittently when the rail is being transported along the roadway. There will be short traffic delays when the rail is moved through the intersection of Broadway and Granada Avenue.
  • Hours of operation for the transport of rail will be from 6 a.m. to noon Sunday only.
  • Officers will be on site to direct traffic. Motorist should plan for short delays.
  • On Monday, March 11, 2013 the westbound frontage road, between 22nd and Congress Streets will be closed to allow the contractor to install water line and rail across the roadway. Motorist should watch for signs directing them around the work area.
  • Frontage road traffic will be detoured onto I-10 at 22nd Street and off at Congress.
  • Neighborhood access from 22nd Street will be maintained.
  • In an effort to minimize motorists from cutting through the neighborhood, Simpson Street and 18th Street will also be closed at the frontage road.
  • The Cushing Street/I-10 underpass will be closed to through traffic.
  • Cushing Street will also be closed between Granada Avenue and the westbound frontage road.
  • On Monday March 11, 2013 the eastbound frontage road will be reduced to one travel lane between Congress and Cushing Streets.
  • Access to the Congress Street I-10 on ramp will be maintained at all times.
  • Access to businesses along the frontage road will not be impacted.
  • The Cushing Street/I-10 underpass will be closed to through traffic.
  • On Wednesday, March 13, 2013, Speedway Boulevard will be reduced to two travel lanes in each direction between Cherry and Campbell Avenues. The temporary lane restriction will be in place while work is completed on the Warren Avenue Underpass, which runs beneath Speedway Boulevard in this area.
  • Access to all businesses in the area will be maintained during this work.


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. Ongoing traffic control in this area is as follows:

  • The eastbound I-10 frontage road is reduced to one travel lane at Cushing Street while the contractor begins work to install track and complete paving along the roadway from the Luis G. Gutierrez Bridge to the eastbound frontage road.
  • East and westbound travel on Cushing Street under I-10 is not permitted.
  • Cushing Street, between the eastbound I-10 frontage road west to Avenida Del Palo Fierro, is closed to motorists.
  • The traffic signals at the intersection of Congress Street and Avenida Del Convento have been removed. This is a temporary situation, and will only be in place while the contractor installs new electrical conduit at which point the signals will be reinstalled.
  • A two-way stop is installed in its place. This allows Congress Street traffic a continuous flow.
  • Avenida Del Convento and traffic exiting the clinic must merge with Congress Street traffic when safe to do so.
  • The work is expected to be complete by March 15, 2013.
  • Traffic along eastbound Congress Street, between Avenida Del Convento and the Santa Cruz River Bridge, is shifted to the center turn lane while the contractor installs utilities and rail along the roadway. The traffic shift is expected to be in place through March 2013.
  • Crews are working on roadway grading and rail installation along Avenida Del Convento south of Congress Street.
  • Avenida Del Convento is closed from Paseo de los Zanjeros south to Cushing Street. Turn movements from Congress Street to Avenida Del Convento will be permitted.


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

  • Access to the many events and activities in the downtown area can be reached from the north by using Sixth Avenue; from the east by using Broadway or Barraza-Aviation Parkway; from the south by using Euclid Avenue and turning left on Broadway; or from the west by using Congress Street and Broadway.

For a map of downtown traffic conditions please click here.

  • The intersection of Congress and Fifth Avenue is closed. The closure is allowing the contractor to install specialty rail elements within the intersection.
  • The closure is in place until April 11, a total of seven weeks.
  • Congress Street is closed from Toole Avenue to just west of Fifth Avenue.
  • Parking along Fifth Avenue, north and south of Congress Street, is maintained. Pedestrian access around the work area is maintained.
  • Access to Arizona Avenue from Broadway remains open. Southbound travel on Arizona Avenue from Congress Street is not permitted during this temporary closure.
  • The contractor has begun preparing Broadway, between Fifth and Church Avenues for rail installation. This work requires restricting the north and southbound through traffic movements at the intersections of Broadway with Stone Avenue, Fifth Avenue and Arizona Avenue while the rail is installed across the intersections. Officers will be on site during peak traffic to help direct traffic.
  • The restrictions are in place  through Monday, April 1, 2013.
  • One eastbound travel lane is maintained along Broadway between Church and Fifth Avenues.
  • Southbound Stone Avenue to eastbound Broadway turn movements are permitted during most of the work.
  • Southbound Stone Avenue through traffic is not permitted.
  • Northbound Stone Avenue traffic is restricted to local traffic only between 18th Street and Broadway. All other northbound Stone Avenue traffic is directed to use Sixth Avenue.
  • Fifth and Arizona Avenue through traffic is detoured to Sixth Avenue.
  • North and south bound pedestrian access at the intersection of Broadway and Fifth Avenue is not permitted. Pedestrians may use Sixth Avenue at Broadway as their alternate north/south access.
  • North and southbound traffic on Granada Avenue is switched to the northbound travel lanes.
  • Access to the DeConcini Federal Court complex and the Tucson Convention Center will be maintained.
  • Congress Street, between Sixth and Church Avenues, is open to traffic. Motorists and bicyclists will be required to turn north or south at Church Avenue.
  • The contractor will continue work to complete sidewalk, curb, ramps and signal installation along this stretch of roadway.
  • Motorists may experience intermittent lane restriction between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. during this work, however one lane of traffic will be maintained at all times.
  • The contractor is installing traffic signal foundations and poles along Congress Street at the intersections between Church and Scott Avenues. Motorists should be prepared for possible lane restrictions as work progresses through the area.
  • Congress Street between Church and Granada Avenues is closed. Work includes replacing water main, upgrading electrical, installing track and paving. A full, 24-hour street closure is in place.
  • 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 between Granada and Fifth Avenues is restricted to one travel lane while the contractor completes the installation of a new water line, utilities and rail. The roadway will be open to two travel lanes during peak traffic times. The lane restrictions will be in place 24 hours a day through spring 2013.

For a map of downtown traffic conditions please click here.


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. Ongoing traffic control in this area is as follows:

  • Park Avenue, between University Boulevard and Second Street is closed while the contractor installs water line, utilities and rail.
  • The intersection of James E. Rogers Way and Park Avenue is open to east/west through traffic during the week, and then reclosed for the weekend. The closure allows the contractor to complete underground utility work and install rail along Park Avenue.

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. Ongoing traffic control in this area is as follows:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Helen Street, between Warren and Martin Avenues is closed.
  • The Warren Avenue Underpass closure is expected to be in place through June 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.