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Traffic restrictions for Modern Streetcar Project

Suggested detour routes for bicyclists have been expanded as construction on the Tucson modern streetcar line continues Downtown.

The Sun Link team and the Tucson bicycling community are suggesting detour routes for bicyclists around the construction, with designated crossing areas while work is going on, the City said.

The following construction affects motorists:

Downtown

Sixth Avenue at Congress Street street will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and drivers should watch for detour signs on Sixth, the City of Tucson said.

Parking along Sixth Avenue, north and south of Congress will be maintained, the City said.

  • Sixth Avenue has been converted to two-way traffic between Broadway and Sixth Street, including the Sixth Avenue underpass. This traffic control change will help facilitate traffic flow during the closure of Congress Street.
  • Congress Street is closed to vehicular traffic between Toole  and Stone avenues. This curb-to-curb construction will require 24-hour closures and is expected to be in place for four months.
  • Toole Avenue between Congress Street and Fifth Avenue is one-way northbound travel only.
  • Motorist and cyclists traveling southbound on Toole Avenue must exit at Fifth Avenue. Local business access to the Historic Depot will be maintained.
  • During Congress Street work, there will be intermittent closures of Fifth and Sixth avenues at Congress Street.
  • Scott Avenue is closed at Congress Street for approximately four months. Access to businesses north and south of the intersection, as well as access to street parking and garages off Scott Avenue, will be maintained.
  • Construction on Congress Street includes curb to curb removal of asphalt and major excavation for utility relocations before the roadway is reconstructed with rail. The extensive nature of this work requires full closures 24 hours per day.

On Monday, the contractor will begin removing traffic islands and restriping Broadway between Granada Avenue and Fifth Avenue. Underground utility work will begin as soon as the removals and restriping are complete. The majority of this work will be performed overnight between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

What to expect:

  • Turn movements from Broadway will not be affected.
  • Two lanes of traffic on Broadway will be maintained during morning and afternoon peak hours. During off-peak traffic hours, Broadway may be reduced to one lane of traffic.
  • Parking will not be permitted along the south side of Broadway between Granada and Fifth avenues and along the north side of Broadway near Fifth Avenue

Fourth Avenue and University Boulevard

This area of the project includes Fourth Avenue from the Fourth Avenue underpass to University Boulevard, University Boulevard to Main Gate Square, and Park Avenue to Second Street.

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Traffic control in this area is as follows:

  • University Boulevard will be closed between Bean and Euclid avenues. This closure will be in place for approximately four months while the contractor completes the removal of the existing roadway, underground utility work, rail placement and installation of the Overhead Conductor System.
  • The intersections of University Boulevard with Bean Avenue, Second, Jacobus, and First avenues will be closed to through traffic.
  • Traffic along Euclid Avenue will not be affected during this work.
  • Third Avenue will remain open during this work.
  • Sidewalk access will be maintained at all times.
  • Fourth Avenue is closed to vehicular and bicycle traffic between Sixth Street and University Boulevard. This closure will be in place for approximately four months.
  • Pedestrian access along Fourth Avenue will be maintained at all times.
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