Streetcar Construction for Sept 15-21

September 18, 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 and the first streetcar has arrived.

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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  • The first Tucson Sun Link Streetcar has arrived at the Maintenance and Operation Facility. A series of overnight testing of the vehicle and electrical system is scheduled to be conducted over the next several weeks.
  • During the week beginning September 15, 2013, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning, the Sun Link Streetcar will be pulled by a tow truck (dead wire testing) along sections of the alignment. When that phase of testing has been completed, the overhead system will be energized, and the streetcar will be tested along sections of the alignment at speeds of 1 to– 2 mph and 10 to– 12 mph.
  • Officers will escort the vehicle and help direct traffic during this operation.
  • During the week of September 15, 2013, the contractor will pave and stripe several sections of roadway along the downtown and west end of the alignment. Traffic is currently restricted from most of these areas and no additional impacts are anticipated during this operation.
  • The southbound lanes of Granada Avenue between Congress and Cushing Street will be paved, striped and re-opened to travel by the end of the day Friday, September 20, 2013.
  • Cushing Street under I-10 and the eastbound I-10 frontage road will be paved, striped and re-opened to travel by the end of the day, Friday, September 20, 2013.
  • Beginning at 2 a.m. on Friday, September 20, 2013, the contractor will complete roadway work in preparation of pavement marking and legend installations along 4th Avenue, from University Boulevard to Ninth Street.
  • Fourth Avenue, south of Sixth Street will be closed from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. on Friday, September 20. All cross streets (Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Streets) will remain open during this work.
  • Parking will be restricted along Fourth Avenue between Sixth Street and University Boulevard from 2 a.m. to noon during this work.
  • Downtown traffic signal installation is complete and the signals have been activated. Three way stops have been removed. Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians should use caution in the area while the public becomes accustomed to the change in traffic control throughout the downtown area.
  • The contractor will continue with utility adjustments through mid-September 2013, along Broadway, Congress Street and Granada Avenue. Motorists should prepare for lane restrictions in the area of work. At least one travel lane will be maintained at all times.
  • 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.



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

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:

  • 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 installation of the Overhead Contact System and safety fencing. 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.