Streetcar Construction Info for Aug 25-Aug 30

August 22, 2013

SunLinkIconThe contractor has completed 98% of the underground utility upgrades and re-locations and 100% of the project has rail installed! The project is at 85% completion.

The following information was culled from the Tucson Modern Streetcar newsletter, 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.

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Please Note: Weather related impacts may affect the scheduled work.

  • Beginning Sunday, August 25, through Friday, August 29,  the contractor will work nights to mill, (remove existing roadway material) pave and stripe the roadways in the downtown area. Motorists should prepare for delays, closures and detours during the overnight operations. The streets affected are: Congress Street from west of 6th Avenue through the Granada Avenue intersection, and Broadway from just west of the Granada Avenue intersection to Herbert Street. Fifth, Sixth, Scott, Stone and Church Avenues will be milled, paved and striped from north of Congress Street to south of Broadway.
  • Each night the work hours will be from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. the following morning, with the exception of Sunday, August 25, when the contractor will work from 6 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. the following morning.
  • On Sunday, August 25 and Monday, August 26, the contractor will mill the roadways. On Monday and Tuesday day, motorists will be driving on milled surface roadways along Broadway and should be prepared for bumps and uneven surfaces.
  • On Tuesday, August 27 through Thursday, August 29, the contractor will pave the roadways.
  • In order to accommodate large equipment, some sections of roadway will be closed during the milling phase of this work. Motorists should watch for signs directing them around the work area.
  • Access to/from side streets and driveways may be temporarily affected when equipment passes in front of them. Delays should not be more than 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Overnight parking (6 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning) will not be allowed on Broadway or Congress during the paving operation beginning Sunday, August 25 through Thursday, August 31.
  • Access to the DeConcini Federal Courthouse will be maintained.
  • Access to the 1 South Church parking garage will be maintained from the Church Avenue approach.
  • Roadway striping and pavement marking will be placed August 28 through August 30.
  • Granada Avenue, south of Congress Street will be paved on Tuesday, September 3.
  • Nighttime utility adjustments will continue through mid September,  along Broadway, Congress Street and Granada Avenue.
  • At 7 a.m. on Wednesday, August 28, the contractor will begin switching from temporary to permanent traffic signals at the intersection of Granada Avenue and Congress Street/Broadway. The work will take approximately 8 hours to complete. Officers will be on site to help direct motorists, bicyclist and pedestrians through the intersection. All through and turn movements will be maintained.
  • The contractor is continuing with the installation and adjustments of the overhead contact wire along Broadway from Toole Avenue to Granada Avenue. Motorists should expect lane restriction in the area. Officers will be on site to direct traffic during this work.
  • The contractor will continue installing sidewalks, curb and access ramps in the following areas: Broadway, from Granada Avenue to Fifth Avenue. Cushing Street from Granada, west under I-10 to Avenida Del Convento. Traffic may be shifted to accommodate work in the area. Temporary turn restrictions at intersections may be in place during these activities.


    In preparation of the 6th Avenue two-way conversion, the contractor will pave a slurry seal along 6th Avenue from north of the 6th Avenue underpass to Drachman Street. Work will take place on Monday, August 26 and Tuesday August 27 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
  • On Monday, August 26 the 6th Avenue underpass will be closed to north and southbound traffic from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • There may be intermittent closures of driveways and side streets as the paving operation moves through the area and while the paving material cures. The closures should not last for more than 30 minutes.
  • Parking along Sixth Avenue, between Drachman Street and the Sixth Avenue underpass will not be allowed during this two-day paving operation.



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:

  • Cushing Street, between the eastbound I-10 frontage road west to Avenida del Palo Fierro, is closed to motorists.
  • The eastbound I-10 frontage road is 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 eastbound I-10 frontage road will not be impacted.
  • The Cushing Street and I-10 underpass is closed to through traffic.


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 Aviation Parkway; from the south by using Sixth Avenue; or from the west by using Congress Street/Broadway.

  • The existing traffic signals and foundations at the intersections of Church Avenue and Broadway and Stone Avenue and Broadway have been removed.
  • Temporary three-way stops will be in place while the new traffic signals are installed.
  • Officers will direct traffic during peak travel times.
  • The existing traffic signals and foundations at the intersection of Granada Avenue and Congress Street have been removed.
  • Temporary signals will be in place while the new traffic signals are installed.
  • The contractor is installing stop foundations and canopies and poles for the overhead contact system (OCS) in the downtown area along Congress Street and Broadway. Officers will be on site to direct traffic during this work.
  • The existing traffic signals have been removed from the intersection of Broadway and Sixth Avenue.
  • A temporary three-way stop is in place at the Broadway and Sixth Avenue intersection. This temporary traffic control will be in place while the new traffic signals are installed.
  • North and southbound Church Avenue, at Broadway, has been reduced to one travel lane in each direction.
  • Because of the location of the work and restricted lanes, large trucks will not be allowed to turn at the intersection.
  • North and southbound crosswalk access will be shifted from the east and west side of the Church Avenue and Broadway intersection as work progresses through the area.
  • East and westbound crosswalk access will be maintained along both sides of the Broadway and Church Avenue intersection.
  • Parking will not be allowed along the east side of Church Avenue, between Broadway and Jackson Street.


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:

  • No ongoing construction related activities are occurring along Fourth Avenue or University Boulevard at this time.

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 Warren Avenue Underpass 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. 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.