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Nov 7, 2012 7:55 AM by Nichole Szemerei

Cone Zone 11/7

Tucson Modern Streetcar

I-10 and West End of Line
• On Friday November 9, 2012, the contractor will begin work to install a water main across the westbound I-10 frontage road at Cushing Street. The work will involve water main placement across the frontage road, and demolition and removal of some pavement. There will be partial closures of the westbound frontage road.

Downtown
• The Congress Street and Stone Avenue intersection is closed through Wednesday, November 7 and will re-open to regular traffic by 6 a.m. Thursday, November 8, 2012. The temporary closure of the intersection will allow the contractor to safely install water lines across the intersection.
• The closure will be in place 24 hours a day through Wednesday, November 7.
• East and west pedestrian access across Stone Avenue will be maintained.
• As work progresses through the intersection, north and south pedestrian access will be alternated between the east and west side of Stone Avenue.
• Alternate routes for motorists travelling southbound on Stone Avenue, north of Congress Street, are:
• Alameda Street, west to Church Avenue and south to Broadway.
• Pennington Street, east to Scott or Sixth Avenues and then south to Broadway.
• Parking along Stone Avenue south of Congress Street will not be available.
• Handicap access and drop off will be available on the southwest corner of Pennington Street and Stone Avenue and on the northeast corner of Church Avenue and Congress Street.
• Temporary loading zones will be available at the southwest corner of Pennington Street and Stone Avenue.
• Work on completion of the new sewer mainline installation and HCS connections on Congress Street, between Stone and Church Avenues, is nearing completion. Waterline improvements have begun.
• ADVANCE NOTICE: On Monday, November 12, 2012, the contractor will begin the installation of the redesigned sewer system on Broadway, between Church and Stone Avenues. The work will require the complete closure of Broadway between Church and Stone Avenues.
• Broadway and Church Avenue traffic will be detoured around the work area.
• Access to the One South Church parking garage will be maintained.
• Detailed information will be provided prior to the work beginning.
• Caylor Construction, a private developer unrelated to the Sun Link Streetcar project, has begun construction of a 6-story building at the northeast corner of Broadway and Stone Avenue. Motorists should watch for workers and equipment in the area.

U of A and Health Sciences Center
• On Sunday, November 4 through Thursday, November 8, the intersection of Park Avenue and University Boulevard will be closed each night from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. This temporary intersection closure allows the contractor to complete improvements to existing sewer facilities and water lines in the area.
• No through traffic or turn movements will be allowed through the intersection between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning.
• Beginning the week of November 5, 2012, the intersection of Warren Avenue and Second Street will be closed while the contractor installs curved rail, pours the concrete track slab and paves the roadway.
• Traffic will not be permitted through the intersection.
• Access to residences and businesses will be maintained.
• The intersection of First Street and Warren Avenue will reopen to traffic prior to the Warren Avenue and Second Street intersection closure.
• On Thursday, November 8, Second Street, from Palm Drive to Highland Avenue will be reopened to vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian access.
• Motorists should watch for intermittent lane closures during OCS pole installation and streetcar stop stations.
• James E. Rogers way will convert back to one-way westbound travel.
• ADVANCE NOTICE: On Monday, November 12 through Wednesday, November 21, Park Avenue from University Boulevard to Second Street will be closed. The closure will allow the contractor to begin sidewalk removals, electrical work and placement of pole foundations.
• The closure includes the intersections of Park Avenue and University Boulevard and Park Avenue and Second Street.
• ADVANCE NOTICE: On Monday, November 26, Park Avenue from University Boulevard to Second Street will be closed. This closure will be in place while the contractor completes the removal of the existing roadway, underground utility work, rail placement and installation of the Overhead Contact System. This closure is expected to be in place through February 2013.

Median work and sign installation scheduled at Interstate 10 and State Route 90 this week

Motorists traveling on Interstate 10 near State Route 90 will encounter restrictions Tuesday and Wednesday as the Arizona Department of Transportation continues work on the new overpass near Benson.

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, the left lane of westbound I-10 will be closed approximately one mile east and west of the junction with SR 90 while crews reseed the interstate median.

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, the eastbound I-10 exit ramp onto SR 90 will be closed from 10 p.m. until midnight to allow crews to install an overhead sign structure.

During the ramp closure, eastbound motorists wishing to access SR 90 will be detoured to Ocotillo Road (Exit 304), where they can exit and take westbound I-10 back to the SR 90 interchange.

SR 90 south of the interstate will be closed for approximately 20 minutes sometime between 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and 2 a.m. Thursday to allow crews to install another overhead sign structure.

The work is part of a $27.6 million project to construct the new overpass bridge, replace a curving section of interstate and widen SR 90 south of I-10.

JULIAN WASH DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS AT KOLB ROAD (NORTH OF 1-10)

The Pima County Regional Flood Control District and their contractor will begin work on the installation of a pre-cast concrete box culvert under Kolb Road at the Julian Wash south of Via Rico Pico (north of I-10). Hours of operations will be from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is expected to be completed during the week of December 10, 2012.

The work consists of constructing a box culvert on the Julian Wash Trail which will allow pedestrians and bicyclist to go under Kolb Road. This underpass will also link the missing piece to the pathways that connect to Thomas Jay Park (located at Littletown and Craycroft Road) to Rita Road to the east. This work is another link to "The Loop."

Two lanes of travel will be maintained at all times and motorists driving through the work zone area may experience periodic delays.

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

Pavement work on westbound Interstate 10 frontage road in Tucson this week

The Arizona Department of Transportation will close the westbound I-10 frontage road between Ina Road and Cortaro Road on Wednesday, Nov. 7, and Thursday, Nov. 8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily so that crews can apply a coat of rejuvenating oil to the roadway surface.

The westbound I-10 entrance and exit ramps at Ina Road and Cortaro Road will remain open during the work.

TRAIN TRACK CROSSING AT INA ROAD CLOSING FOR CONSTRUCTION

Ames Construction Inc. will be closing the train track crossing at Ina Road to perform construction for Union Pacific Railroad.

The closure begins Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. and lasts until Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. Motorists looking to cross the tracks will be detoured to Orange Grove or Cortaro road via Thornydale or Oldfather road when approaching from the east side of the crossing, and via the I-10 frontage roads when approaching from the westbound I-10 frontage road or west of the crossing.

Businesses near the tracks will remain open and accessible. In the event of inclement weather or unforeseen conditions, the schedule may be delayed.

Repaving project on westbound Interstate 10 near Benson continues into November

Travel restrictions will continue for motorists on westbound Interstate 10 east of Benson for the next two weeks as the Arizona Department of Transportation continues a 14-mile paving project in Cochise County.

Work on the $4.2 million project to repave 14 miles of westbound I-10 from the east end of Texas Canyon to the east side of Benson will require the following lane closures this week and next:

• Alternating lane closures in effect Tuesday, Oct. 30 and Wednesday, Oct. 31 to allow crews to work on guardrails and install traffic counting devices.

• Alternating lane closures will be in effect Monday, Nov. 5 through Thursday, Nov. 9 for installation of more traffic counting devices and to install rumble strips between mileposts 316 and 310.

The restrictions will be in place from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Message boards will alert approaching motorists of the lane closures and the posted speed limit will be 45 mph through the work areas.

UPDATE: Pavement work on Prince Road and Runway Drive east of Interstate 10 in Tucson begins 4 a.m. Wednesday

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

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 beginning at 4 a.m. 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.

MISSION ROAD: STARR PASS BOULEVARD TO AJO WAY REPAVING PROJECT

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.

KINO PARKWAY AND 22ND STREET INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENT CONSTRUCTION TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS

The Ashton Company, Inc. under contract to the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) is beginning work on the Kino Parkway and 22nd Street Intersection Improvement. This work consists of replacing the existing intersection with a Single Point Urban Interchange (SPUI) and extending Kino Parkway over 22nd Street. 22nd Street will be widened to 6 lanes with dual left turn lanes and right turn lanes at the Kino Parkway intersection. Public art will also be included in this project and integrated into the new bridge and lighting design.

On Monday, October 8, 2012, the median lanes of Kino Parkway between Aviation Highway and 29th Street will be closed to allow crews to do tree salvage and clear and grub activities. Traffic control will be removed at the end of each work day. This work is expected to be complete on November 8, 2012.

Additionally, crews will begin waterline relocation work on 22nd Street from Cherrybell Stravenue to Kino Parkway. There will be intermittent lane closures during this work for eastbound traffic.

Crews will be working from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Motorists driving in this area may experience traffic delays due to reduced capacity. Business access will be maintained at all times. The traveling public should use caution when driving, bicycling or walking in this area and obey all traffic control signs and watch for detour signs and personal working in the area.

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.

Pavement work on State Route 82 near Patagonia north of Nogales

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.

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