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Streetcar closures won't stop Second Saturdays

Stages and vendors will relocate to accomodate construction

The 2nd Saturdays Downtown show will go one despite Modern Streetcar Project-related street closures.

Congress Street is closed to motorists from Toole Avenue to Stone Avenue. Despite the closures, April’s 2nd Saturday festival will still take place this weekend, albeit with a few changes to locations.

"The closure of Congress Street will not affect parking for our event and all merchants will be open with great 2nd Saturdays specials,” said Fletcher McCusker, 2nd Saturdays chairman, in a press release.

Second Saturdays is a monthly festival that celebrates Tucson’s local entertainment, arts, cuisine and downtown. The April event will be Carnaval-themed and feature street soccer, the Brazilian martial art Capoeira, and fire dancing.

Several event stages will be moved to accommodate the construction. The Scott Avenue outdoor stage will be set up on the north end of Scott at Congress Street, facing Broadway.

The Cricket Kids Area will shuffle to the Chase Bank parking lot between Broadway Boulevard and Stone on the northeast corner.

Vendors who typically occupy the sidewalks of Congress will shift to adjacent side streets from Ronstadt Station, which will still be open to sidewalk traffic along Congress.

Other roadway changes

Construction is underway on the Modern Streetcar Project, which is expected to be serving Tucson riders by the end of October 2013, according to the City of Tucson's website.

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Toole Avenue between Congress and Fifth Avenue is northbound only. Any motorists traveling south will have to exit before Fifth.

Fourth Avenue is be closed to vehicle traffic between Sixth Street and University Boulevard.

Sixth Street is temporarily a two-way street between Broadway and Alameda Street.

For a full list of closures that is updated weekly, visit the Tucson Modern Streetcar website

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A BK Carne Asada & Hot Dogs vendor dishes up food during a 2nd Saturdays Downtown.

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