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Oct 29, 2012 11:26 AM by Nichole Szemerei

Cone Zone 10/29


The Sun Link Tucson Streetcar project team reopened Congress Street from Toole Avenue to Scott Avenue this afternoon to bicyclists and motorists. The reopening of Congress Street - to a single westbound lane - allows for better access to businesses along this stretch of Congress. A detour route is still in place on Toole Avenue for motorists wanting to access the west side of downtown. This milestone marks an additional significant step in completing Tucson's largest construction project in the City's history.

Construction crews have also completed underground utility work, installed concrete-embedded rail, paved, and reopened roadways in these areas:

• Second Street between Park Avenue and Palm Drive and between Highland and Cherry Avenues
• University Boulevard between Tyndall Avenue and Third Avenue
• Fourth Avenue from University Boulevard to Seventh Street

The first phase of the construction of Luis G. Gutierrez Bridge, an east-west link for the streetcar, is complete and open to pedestrians and bicyclists. The bridge will open to vehicular traffic - including the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar - after the contractor installs rail and the overhead electrical system that will power the vehicles.


On Monday, October 29, 2012, crews from Southern Arizona Paving, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin lowering utilities on Mission Road between Starr Pass Boulevard and Ajo Way to prepare for repaving this section of roadway. Crews will be lowering water valve covers and manhole covers from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., with single lane closures from Monday, October 29, 2012 to Friday, November 2, 2012.

Beginning Saturday, November 3, 2012 through Monday, November 12, 2012, crews will be working from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to mill (remove asphalt) and repave Mission Road. During this work, at least one lane of travel in each direction will be maintained.

The removal and replacement of asphalt, as well as temporary striping will be complete before the El Tour de Tucson bicycle race on Saturday, November 17, 2012. Following the El Tour de Tucson, crews will adjust water valve covers and manhole covers flush with the new asphalt. This work is scheduled to begin on Monday, November 19, 2012. As part of this work, concrete will be poured around the covers and barricades will be in place for 24 hours to allow the concrete to cure.

The pavement improvement project is part of the Fiscal Year 2013 Mayor and Council approved Pavement Preservation Program, a one-year, $20 million street rehabilitation program to resurface arterial, collector and residential streets. The funding was made available by restructuring the Fiscal Year 2013 Highway User Revenue Fund (HURF) debt, the increase of HURF revenue and General Fund money.

Business and residential access will be maintained at all times during the project. The traveling public can expect delays when driving in the work area. Please obey all traffic control signs and watch for construction personnel and equipment in the work area.

Paving and ramp work on Interstate 10 between Valencia Road and Rita Road in Tucson nears completion

The Arizona Department of Transportation is nearing completion of a repaving project on Interstate 10 from Valencia Road to Rita Road in Tucson.

The following work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. When the closures are in effect, message boards and signs will guide drivers through the area.

Monday, Oct. 29 through Wednesday, Oct. 31
Northbound Craycroft Road under I-10 will be closed.
Thursday, Nov. 1 and Friday, Nov. 2
The left lane of southbound Craycroft Road under I-10 will be closed.

As the project is finalized over the next two weeks, crews will be working on the ramps and along the roadway shoulders of I-10. Please proceed through the construction zone with special caution.

Crews will return in approximately 30 days to apply permanent striping to the roadway.

State Route 79 between Oracle Junction and Florence, between mileposts 111 and 128

The project will include a chip seal coat to improve asphalt conditions and restriping the roadway. Work is expected to last approximately two months, beginning Tuesday, September 4.

During the project, drivers can expect lane restrictions and reduced speed limits through the project corridor. Pilot cars will be used when the roadway is narrowed to one lane. Drivers are reminded to slow down,proceed through the work zone with caution and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.

State Route 90 bridge over the San Pedro River east of Sierra Vista in Cochise County.

Motorists traveling in the area will see restrictions and temporary traffic signals in place beginning Thursday, Sept. 27 to allow crews to prepare the existing bridge for replacement.

The $7 million project to replace the 57-year-old bridge is scheduled to be completed in 18 months, with a six-month construction shutdown from April 1, 2013 until October 1, 2013 to avoid disturbing the nesting season of migratory birds in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area.

The new bridge, located near mile post 329 and one mile west of High Knoll Road, will feature wider travel lanes, emergency shoulders, new highway approaches and will be six feet higher than the existing bridge.

During each of the six-month construction periods from October through March, motorists on SR 90 will share a single lane controlled by temporary traffic signals.

The temporary signals will regulate traffic around the clock during construction. Delays of six to eight minutes are anticipated with the potential for waiting times as long as 15 minutes during peak travel times.

Some overnight closures of SR 90 will be necessary during the course of construction to safeguard motorists during certain work, requiring detours on State Route 92 and State Route 80. ADOT will provide advance notice of when those overnight closures will be in effect.

During the first six-month phase of construction, crews will replace the eastbound portion of the bridge, with traffic sharing a single lane on the westbound portion of the existing bridge.

Workers will be on site from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. weekdays.

Crews will demolish the southern half of the existing bridge and construct a new bridge that will be six feet higher above the San Pedro River to meet 100-year-flood plain requirements. The work will require removal and trimming of a limited number of trees in the work area to allow for crews to construct the new bridge. New trees will be replanted in the area to replace the trees that need to be removed.

Construction of the south side of the new bridge - a 17-foot-wide section with a 13-foot travel lane - is scheduled for completion before April 1, 2013, when construction will take a six-month break for the nesting season for the protected Southwestern Willow Flycatcher and other migratory birds.

During the six-month construction hiatus, traffic will use one lane in each direction - eastbound traffic on the newly constructed bridge and westbound on the old bridge - and the traffic signal will not be in use.

On Oct. 1, 2013, work will resume with demolition of the north side of the old bridge and reconstruction of the rest of the new 44-foot-wide bridge. The signal will once again control traffic sharing a single lane on the completed portion of the new bridge.

During construction, pedestrians will not be permitted to cross the bridge for safety reasons and bicyclists are encouraged to avoid using the bridge. Also, the hiking trail that originates at the nearby San Pedro House and passes beneath the SR 90 bridge will be closed during construction. Other trails in the area will not be affected.

When the project is complete in spring 2014, the new bridge will feature two 12-foot travel lanes with 10-foot shoulders for emergency situations and for use by bicyclists.

Pavement work on State Route 82 near Patagonia north of Nogales next week

The Arizona Department of Transportation will reduce State Route 82 to one lane, north of Nogales, from Lake Patagonia Road to 4th Avenue, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays beginning Monday, Oct. 15 through Nov. 30 to seal cracks on the roadway.
• One lane will remain open at all times.
• Crews will guide drivers through the area
• Drivers should expect delays of up to 15 minutes.


Complete Landscaping, under contract with the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin trimming palm trees located in City medians. There will be intermittent median lane closures as the contractor moves through the project areas. Crews will be working from
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Remaining work dates and trimming locations are:

Monday, October 22, 2012 through Thursday, November 8, 2012 - Broadway from Alvernon Way to Camino Seco.

This schedule is subject to change. The traveling public can expect delays when traveling in these work areas. Please obey all traffic control signs and watch for construction personnel and equipment in the work zone.

Pavement work on Prince Road and Runway Drive east of Interstate 10 in Tucson begins Oct. 31

Runway Drive will be closed starting October 31 from Prince Road to Weymouth Drive for approximately 45 days.

As construction continues on the Interstate 10 widening project from Ruthrauff Road to Prince Road, the Arizona Department of Transportation will be closing Runway Drive from Prince Road to Weymouth Drive around the clock beginning Wednesday, Oct. 31, for approximately 45 days, as crews work to complete paving the area.

In addition, the Prince Road traffic interchange at I-10 and the eastbound and westbound I-10 entrance and exit ramps remain closed through late 2013.

• The westbound Frontage Road right lane will be closed between south of Miracle Mile to Industrial Loop through end of 2013.
• Prince Road at I-10 is closed to vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists.
• The eastbound I-10 frontage road will remain closed at Prince Road. Traffic is reduced to one lane and detoured at Commerce Drive to Fort Lowell Road and back onto the eastbound frontage road, north of Miracle Mile.
• The eastbound I-10 frontage road sections between Commerce Drive north of Prince Road and Fort Lowell Road south of Prince Road are two-way roads through spring 2013.


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