Traffic

Oct 5, 2012 1:29 PM by Nichole Szemerei

Cone Zone 10/5

PIMA COUNTY REGIONAL WASTEWATER RECLAMATION DEPARTMENT
EMERGENCY SEWER REPAIR WORK/FLOWING WELLS ROAD AND ROGER ROAD AREA

The Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (PCRWRD) and its contractor, KE&G Construction, Inc. will conduct emergency sewer repair work in the area of North Flowing Wells Road and West Roger Road beginning immediately and continuing through the end of the week.

The work involves replacement of a 46-foot section of sewer pipe. Lane restrictions will include:

• The closure of eastbound Roger Road. Use Wetmore Road as an alternative route.
• Westbound Roger Road has been reduced to one lane.

Please approach the area with caution and obey all message boards and traffic control devices.

TRAFFIC CONTROL CHANGES/DETOURS BEGIN ON OCT. 2
MAGEE ROAD BETWEEN LA CHOLLA BOULEVARD AND LA CAÑADA DRIVE CORTARO FARMS ROAD/MAGEE ROAD: THORNYDALE ROAD TO ORACLE ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT


Starting Tuesday, October 2, the Pima County Department of Transportation, Regional Transportation Authority and their contractor Ashton Company will be implementing several traffic control changes on east Magee Road from La Cholla Boulevard to La Cañada Drive. Construction crews will be performing massive work along eastbound Magee Road from La Cholla Boulevard to La Cañada Drive which will require implementing the following traffic control changes/detours.

Traffic Shift
Starting Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at 6:00 a.m., both directions of traffic on Magee Road from La Cañada Drive to La Cholla Boulevard will be shifted to the south side of Magee Road (eastbound lanes). This shift will continue west of Zarragoza Drive where traffic will then be shifted back onto the north side (westbound lanes) of Magee Road to La Cholla Boulevard.

Traffic Restrictions/Temporary Detours
Starting Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at 6:00 a.m., right-hand turns for westbound traffic on Magee Road to northbound La Cholla Boulevard will be restricted. All traffic will be diverted at La Cañada Drive and Magee Road to proceed north to Overton Road to access northbound La Cholla Boulevard.

In addition, southbound traffic on La Cholla Boulevard will be restricted from making a left-hand turn (eastbound) onto Magee Road at La Cholla Boulevard. For eastbound travel, traffic will be diverted to Ina Road.

Message boards will be in place advising motorists of these changes. Also, when necessary, deputies from the Pima County Sheriff's Department will direct traffic as needed.

The Pima County Department of Transportation reminds motorists to obey traffic control signs and speed limits through the construction zone.

These traffic control changes will be in place until October 25, 2012.

MODERN STREETCAR

Downtown
• The intersection of Congress Street and Sixth Avenue is closed through 5 a.m. Monday, October 1. The closure has allowed the contractor to remove the existing asphalt and concrete pavement, prepare the roadway for the aggregate base course, install rail through the intersection, pour the concrete track bed and re-pave the roadway. This intersection work is being coordinated with ongoing Congress Street construction activities so that when the intersection re-opens on Monday, October 1, rail will have been installed from just west of Fifth Avenue to just east of the Stone intersection.
• Paving of Congress Street between Fifth and Stone Avenues is scheduled for September 28 and 29.
• In order to complete the work during the scheduled closure time, there may be times when the contractor works 24-hour shifts. Removal of the existing asphalt roadway requires the use of jack hammers. Sound levels of this and all other scheduled nighttime construction activities will be monitored by the Streetcar Project team. Businesses and residents in the area have been notified of the upcoming work schedule.
• East and west pedestrian access will be maintained during the intersection closure. North and south access is available at Fifth and Stone Avenues
• Sun Tran bus riders should contact a Sun Tran representative with inquiries regarding possible affected routes.
• Motorists should watch for signs directing them around the work area.
• Most parking along Sixth Avenue, north and south of the Congress Street intersection will be maintained.
• During the week of October 1, the contractor will complete paving operations and finish utility adjustments and sidewalk repairs along Congress Street, from Sixth Avenue to just east of Stone Avenue.
• Most construction fencing will be removed during the second week of October.
• Only the first layer of asphalt will be placed on the Congress Street block between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. This will allow additional work on curb, ramps and sidewalks to be completed.
• The contractor is installing a new sewer mainline on Congress Street between Stone and Church Avenues. Work is expected to take approximately two weeks to complete. After installation of the sewer is complete, the contractor will begin installing the HCS lines (lateral lines that connect to the mainline). The HCS installations are expected to take approximately a week to complete. When the sewer improvements are complete, the contractor will begin work on waterline installations along this stretch of roadway.

Fourth Avenue and University Boulevard
• On Wednesday, October 3, through Friday, October 5, the contractor will pave University Boulevard from Euclid Avenue to just east of Third Avenue. East and west through traffic at Third Avenue and University Boulevard will not be allowed for a couple more weeks while the contractor completes the installation of a water line along the northern portion of the roadway in that area.
• Utility adjustments along the roadway will be completed by the end of the day Monday, October 8, 2012.
• Fencing from Euclid Avenue to just east of Third Avenue will be removed and this portion of University Boulevard will be open for travel by the end of the day Monday, October 8, 2012.
• East and west through traffic at the Third Avenue and University Boulevard intersection is not permitted.
• Euclid Avenue is scheduled to be re-opened to full traffic by the end of the day Monday, October 8, 2012.*
• *Euclid OPEN

U of A and Health Sciences Center
• On Monday, October 1, through Friday, October 5, westbound Speedway Boulevard, between Cherry and Warren Avenues, will be reduced to one travel lane from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. This closure allows the contractor to complete the abandonment of existing water services and lines in the area.
• Each day from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. the following morning, westbound Speedway Boulevard will be re-opened to two travel lanes.
• Access from Speedway Boulevard to Cherry and Warren Avenues will be maintained during this temporary closure.
• ADVANCE NOTICE: On Monday October 8, the intersection of Warren Avenue and First Street will be closed while the contractor installs a water main and fire hydrant in the area.This temporary intersection closure is expected to be in place approximately two weeks.
• Traffic will not be permitted through the intersection.
• Access to residences and businesses will be maintained.
• Helen Street between Warren and Martin Avenues will be closed through December 2012.

MAINTENANCE WORK IN PIMA COUNTY

On Monday, October 1, 2012 Pima County Department of Transportation will be performing pavement maintenance activities at the following locations:

- General Hitchcock /Mount Lemmon Highway - Milepost 18 to Milepost 25
On Monday, October 1, through Friday, October 5, 2012, Southern Arizona Paving will be crack sealing the pavement from Milepost 18 to Milepost 25. Traffic will be detoured through the project area with a pilot car. Hours of operations will be from 6:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.

- Kinney Road from Tucson Mountain Park to just south of Gates Pass Road-
On Monday, October 1, through Thursday, October 11, 2012, Pima County Department of Transportation will be performing pavement patching, erosion repairs, and street sweeping on Kinney Road from Tucson Mountain Park to just south of Gates Pass Road. There will be lane restrictions in this area and minor delays are expected. Hours of operations will be from 7:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please approach the area with caution and obey all traffic control devices.

Rillito River Park Drainage Improvements Near Swan Begin Oct. 3

Pima County Regional Flood Control District (RFCD) announces construction of north bank drainage improvements of The Loop on the Rillito River, just west of Swan Road through the Fletcha Caida Wash. The construction is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, October 3, and will continue until the end of October.

The Loop multi-use path in the construction area will remain open, but travel restrictions may be present intermittently. Bicyclists are asked to use caution and slow down through the construction zone for safety purposes and as a courtesy to other River Park users.

Signs will in place on The Loop alerting users about the construction.

"The intent of the project is to reduce flooding in this low-lying area," says John Spiker, Civil Engineer Manager with RFCD. "The project will reduce the water, mud, and sediment that collects on the path after storms."

The Loop is 55 miles of car-free paths being developed around metropolitan Tucson, with links to Marana and Oro Valley, for Pima County residents and visitors on foot, bikes, skates and horses.

The Loop connects the Rillito River Park, the Santa Cruz River Park, the Julian Wash Greenway, the Harrison Greenway and the Pantano River Park. The Loop connects to parks, trails, bus and bike routes, workplaces, schools, libraries, restaurants, hotels and motels, shopping areas, and sports and entertainment venues.

Sunday through Thursday schedule for overnight paving and ramp work on Interstate 10 between Valencia Road and Rita Road in Tucson

The Arizona Department of Transportation continues repaving a segment of Interstate 10 in Tucson. Crews will intermittently close one lane and the entrance and exit ramps on eastbound and westbound I-10 nightly from Rita Road to Valencia Road throughout fall 2012. Overnight work will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning as follows:

Sunday, Oct. 7
• The eastbound and westbound I-10 exit and entrance ramps at Craycroft Road will be closed.
• Northbound and southbound Craycroft Road at I-10 will be restricted to one lane.
• Lanes will be intermittently closed on eastbound I-10 from Valencia Road to Rita Road.
• The left lane on westbound I-10 will be closed from Craycroft Road to Valencia Road

Monday, Oct. 8
• The eastbound and westbound I-10 exit and entrance ramps at Wilmot Road will be closed.
• Northbound and southbound Wilmot Road at I-10 will be restricted to one lane.
• Lanes will be intermittently closed on eastbound I-10 from Valencia Road to Rita Road.

Tuesday, Oct. 9
• Lanes will be intermittently closed on eastbound and westbound I-10 from Valencia Road to Rita Road.
• The eastbound and westbound I-10 exit and entrance ramps at Kolb Road will be closed.

Wednesday, Oct.10
• The eastbound and westbound I-10 exit and entrance ramps at Wilmot Road will be closed.
• Lanes will be intermittently closed on westbound I-10 from Valencia Road to Rita Road.

Thursday, Oct. 11
• The eastbound and westbound I-10 exit and entrance ramps at Craycroft Road will be closed.
• Lanes will be intermittently closed on westbound I-10 from Valencia Road to Rita Road.
During the ramp closures, drivers may use the eastbound and westbound entrance and exit ramps at the adjacent intersections. Message boards and signs will guide drivers through the area.

The work is part of ADOT's $3.4 million project for continued improvements on I-10 that includes removing the existing top layer of pavement, repairing the concrete pavement beneath the top layer, applying a new, smooth driving surface with rubberized asphalt, installing new roadway markings and reconstructing guardrails along this segment of the highway.

State Route 287 (Florence Boulevard) paving work continues next week

Florence Boulevard narrowed overnight throughout the work zone

Crews are scheduled to continue with paving operations as part of the improvement project along Florence Boulevard in Casa Grande next week. In addition to the paving work, concrete improvements and electrical work is also scheduled to take place. While work is underway, drivers should be aware of the following restrictions:

• Eastbound State Route 287 (Florence Boulevard) narrowed to one lane between State Route 387 (Pinal Avenue) and Interstate 10 from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. nightly beginning on Sunday (Oct. 7) through Friday (Oct. 12).

• Westbound State Route 287 (Florence Boulevard) narrowed to one lane between Interstate 10 and State Route 387 (Pinal Avenue) from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. nightly beginning on Sunday (Oct. 7) through Friday (Oct. 12).

Paving work on westbound Interstate 10 in Cochise County next two weeks

Temporary ramp closures at Dragoon and Sibyl roads scheduled for the coming week

Paving work will continue on westbound Interstate 10 in Cochise County the next two weeks as the Arizona Department of Transportation resurfaces 14 miles of interstate between Texas Canyon and Benson.

The work will require travel restrictions throughout the week, including temporary closure of exit and entrance ramps at Dragoon and Sibyl roads.

The right lane of westbound I-10 will be closed from 3 a.m. until 6 p.m. weekdays starting approximately two miles west of the Johnson Road traffic interchange (Exit 322) and continuing until approximately two miles west of Sibyl Road (Exit 312).

The restriction will be in effect until Friday, Oct. 12, with no work scheduled on Monday, Oct. 6 in observance of Columbus Day.

Crews had originally planned to close the Dragoon Road exit and entrance ramps on Tuesday, but that work is now scheduled to begin later this week. Crews will begin working after midnight and continue until approximately 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4. Traffic will be able to use the exit and entrance ramps at Dragoon (Exit 318) while the work is being done.

On Thursday, Oct. 4, the exit and entrance ramps will be closed at Sibyl Road, except for the periods from 7-9 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. when the ramps will be open.

The $4.2 million project also has included installation of new guardrail, replacement of bridge barrier walls at Adams Peak Wash and Sibyl Road and replacement of three drainage culverts near Johnson Road.

The project is scheduled for completion in late October.

Final repaving work on State Route 86 west of Robles Junction over next two weeks

The Arizona Department of Transportation will finish paving a four-mile segment of State Route 86 west of Robles Junction over the next two weeks.

The $6 million project, located between San Pedro and Viopuli Road on the Tohono O'odham Nation, includes widening the roadway shoulders, applying a new surface to improve driving conditions and improving drainage in the area.

During the final paving of the project, the following travel restrictions will be in effect:

On Monday, Oct. 1 and Tuesday, Oct. 2, the project area will be reduced to a single lane for use by traffic in both directions between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Crews will escort traffic through the work area using a pilot vehicle and flagging crews. Delays of 15 to 20 minutes are expected.

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, the same restrictions will be in effect between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. while crews apply temporary striping to the roadway. Shorter delays are expected during these work hours.

On Monday, Oct. 8 and Tuesday, Oct. 9 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., crews will install rumble strips on the roadway edge and, once again, a pilot vehicle will escort traffic through the work area. Delays of up to 15 minutes are expected for this work.

Crews are scheduled to return in November to apply final striping along the project area. Information about the final phase of construction will be sent to the public once the schedule has been confirmed.

Replacement of State Route 90 bridge over the San Pedro River to begin Oct. 1

Temporary signal will begin directing traffic through the project area Sept. 27 to allow crews to prepare for reconstruction

The Arizona Department of Transportation will begin work Oct. 1 to replace the 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.

Work continues on Interstate 10 and State Route 90 near Benson

The Arizona Department of Transportation will continue working on the Interstate 10/State Route 90 traffic interchange project near Benson next week. Crews will be paving I-10 east of the bridge and preparing for additional paving in October.

Motorists in the area should plan for the following travel restrictions next week:

• The eastbound I-10 entrance and exit ramps at SR 90 (Exit 302) will be closed from 9 pm. Sunday, Sept. 30 until 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1 to allow crews to remove temporary construction barriers.

• The right lane of eastbound I-10 will be closed from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 from approximately 1 1/2 miles west of SR 90 to approximately one mile beyond the overpass to allow crews to remove temporary construction barriers.

• The right lane of eastbound I-10 will be closed from 4 a.m. until 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 from the SR 90 interchange to the exit onto State Route 80 (Exit 303) for paving.

• Alternating left lane and right lane closures on eastbound I-10 will be in effect from 4 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 to allow crews to install traffic counting loops and to restripe the exit ramp at SR 90 (Exit 302). The closures will start two miles west of SR 90 and end approximately one mile east of the overpass.

• Alternating right lane and left lane closures on eastbound I-10 will be in effect from 4 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 from 1 1/2 miles west of SR 90 to a half-mile east of the overpass to remove temporary construction barriers and mill temporary detours.

• Alternating right lane and left lane closures will be in effect on westbound I-10 one from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. starting one mile west of SR 90 to mill one mile of the travel lane.

Final paving on I-10 at SR 90 is scheduled to begin Oct. 9. The work is part of a $27.6 million project to replace the I-10 traffic interchange at SR 90 and make improvements to I-10 and SR 90 near the interchange.

The project is expected to be complete in late fall of 2012.

The Arizona Department of Transportation will be improving 17 miles of 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.

Delays are possible; please plan accordingly.

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