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Jul 30, 2012 9:28 AM

Cone Zone 7/30: Modern Streetcar, Tucson, Benson, Green Valley, Rio Rico

MODERN STREETCAR

Downtown
• Beginning on Sunday, July 29, the contractor will continue underground utility work along Broadway. Motorists should anticipate nightly lane restrictions between Fifth and Church Avenues. Restrictions will be in place from 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning.
• Stone Avenue and Sixth Avenue intersections will be closed at Congress for water work.
• On Sunday, July 29, work hours will be from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning.
• On Monday, July 30 and Tuesday, July 31, work hours will be from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning.
• On Monday, July 30, there will be intermittent sidewalk restrictions on the south side of Congress at Arizona Avenue. These restrictions will be in place while the contractor completes underground utility work in the area.
• On Tuesday, July 31 and Wednesday, August 1, water tie-in work at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway will require the intersection to be closed from midnight until noon.
• During this work Broadway will be reduced to one eastbound travel lane through the Fifth Avenue intersection from 7:30 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning.
• North and southbound Fifth Avenue will be closed at Broadway.
• Vehicles may only turn east onto Broadway.
• ADVANCE NOTICE: On Monday, August 6, the contractor will begin the repair and replacement of a sewer line that extends across Broadway between Church and Stone Avenues. Current conditions of the sewer lines and manholes will require extensive underground work. The boundaries of the work area and safety considerations will require Broadway between Church and Stone Avenues to be completely closed. The closure will be in effect 24 hours-per-day and is expected to be in place approximately one month. At times, the intersection of Church Avenue and Broadway will be closed to northbound and southbound travel while the contractor works on the manhole located in the intersection. The intersections closures may be in place 24 hours-per-day.
• The City has been notified that other utility work, performed by a private contractor and unrelated to the Tucson Streetcar Project, will be occurring at the same time as the Church Avenue and Broadway intersection sewer repair and replacement. The City has planned their work and detour route in consideration of this work.
• Broadway through traffic will be detoured south on Church Avenue to Ochoa Street or McCormick Street, east to Stone or Scott Avenues, and north back to Broadway.
• To assist with the flow of detoured traffic, four-way stops will be in place at the intersections of Ochoa Street and Stone Avenue and McCormick Street and Stone Avenue.
• At times, the intersection of Church Avenue and Broadway will be closed to northbound and southbound travel. Directional signs will be in place to detour motorists around the work area.
• Turn movements from eastbound Broadway to northbound Church will be maintained at all times.
• Access to the underground parking garage for tenants of 1 South Church Avenue will be maintained.
• Parking will not be allowed along the west side of Church Avenue between Broadway and Jackson Street while the detour is in place.
• Sidewalk access will be maintained at all times, however, north and south bound Church Avenue pedestrians must use the crosswalk on the west side of the intersection to cross Broadway while intersection work is under way.

Fourth Avenue and University Boulevard
• On Saturday, July 28, from 10 a.m. until noon, the contractor will transport welded rail to the work area along University Boulevard between Park and Euclid Avenues. Several segments of rail will be transported.
• Officers will be on site to direct traffic at the intersection of University Boulevard and Euclid Avenue while the rail is pulled through the intersection. Motorist should expect short delays during this operation
• On Sunday, July 29, the contractor will begin the operation to embed the rail in concrete along the section of University Boulevard between Euclid and Park Avenue. Trucks are scheduled to deliver concrete from 9 p.m. Sunday, July 29 until 9 a.m. the following morning and on Wednesday, August 1 from 9 p.m. until 9 a.m. the following morning.

U of A and Health Sciences Center
• During the week of July 30, the contractor will continue work on the installation of a 16-inch waterline along Speedway Boulevard, between the Warren Avenue Underpass and Martin Avenue. Motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists should be prepared for temporary closures and restrictions along Speedway Boulevard, between Cherry and Campbell Avenues. To avoid delays, motorists should plan to use an alternate route when possible. The work is expected to take approximately three weeks to complete.

I-19 IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

The Arizona Department of Transportation will begin a highway improvement project aimed at increasing driver visibility and safety by removing vegetation, including bushes and trees, from the median of Interstate 19 on Monday, July 30.

Crews will remove vegetation in the median within 30 feet of the interstate from approximately three miles south of Continental Road in Green Valley to the Border Patrol Station on I-19 near Rio Rico. The project , which is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 8, will enhance road safety and prevent pavement damage.

What to expect on I-19 median vegetation project:
• Between 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, from July 30 to Aug. 8, crews will be working to remove vegetation in the I-19 median.
• Traffic will be narrowed to one lane intermittently during work hours. Lane closures will alternate as work continues along the project area.
• Drivers can expect delays of up to five minutes.

VALENCIA AND I-19 WORK

Overnight curb work on Interstate 19 at Valencia Road and the Valencia Road overpass in Tucson begins Sunday.

The Arizona Department of Transportation will be closing lanes and ramps on I-19 at Valencia Road and on the Valencia Road overpass in Tucson for curb work as follows:

Sunday, July 29 (from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. the following morning)
• The northbound I-19 entrance ramp at Valencia Road will be closed.
• The right lane on westbound Valencia Road over I-19 will be closed.
• Drivers wishing to access northbound I-19 and westbound Valencia Road may take 12th Avenue or Calle Santa Cruz as a detour.
• Delays of up to five minutes are anticipated.

Monday, July 30 (from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. the following morning)
• The left lane on eastbound Valencia Road over I-19 will be closed.
• The left lane on westbound Valencia Road over I-19 will be closed.
• Drivers wishing to access eastbound or westbound Valencia Road may take 12th Avenue or Calle Santa Cruz.
• Delays of up to five minutes are anticipated.

Tuesday, July 31 (from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. the following morning)
• The southbound I-19 entrance ramp at Valencia road will be closed.
• The right lane on eastbound Valencia Road over I-19 will be closed.
• Drivers wishing to access eastbound or westbound Valencia Road may take 12th Avenue or Calle Santa Cruz.
• Delays of up to five minutes are anticipated.

I-10 RESTRICTIONS NEAR CASA GRANDE

Westbound Sacaton Rest Area Closed

As maintenance crews work on repaving areas along I-10 in Pinal County, drivers should be aware of the following restrictions:

• Westbound I-10 rest area at Sacaton closed from 4 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday (July 27) for repaving.
• Westbound I-10 on-ramp at State Route 387 closed from 5 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Saturday (July 28) for repaving. DETOUR: Use McCartney Road for access to westbound I-10.

GRANT ROAD / ORACLE ROAD INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

On Monday, July 16, 2012, work will begin on improvements to the Grant Road and Oracle Road Intersection. During the first phase of the intersection improvement project, crews from Falcone Brothers & Associates, Inc., under contract to the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will remove the median islands on Grant Road. Intersection work will also include the installation of temporary traffic signals. Traffic will be restricted to two lanes in each direction. Crews will be working from 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The project is scheduled to be complete in July 2013.

Please use caution when driving, bicycling or walking in the work area. Please obey all traffic control devices and water for construction personnel and equipment in the work zone.

The $7.5 million RTA-Funded project will widen Grant Road to six lanes from 15th Avenue to Castro Street, with median island right-turn lane modifications along Oracle Road from Alturas Street south to Rillito Street. As part of the roadway widening, the intersection of Grant Road and Oracle road will be reconstructed to provide indirect left turn intersection operations.

FINAL PHASE OF CONSTRUCTION SABINO CANYON ROAD/TANQUE VERDE ROAD INTERSECTION

Beginning Monday, July 16, 2012, crews from Southern Arizona Paving, under contract with Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin milling, crack-sealing, and paving the intersection improvement area. The milling and paving work will be done at night. Crews will be working from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Thursday. Crack-sealing work will be done during the daytime hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Business access will be maintained at all times.

Once paving is completed crews will adjust the water valve covers and manhole covers flush with the new asphalt. During this work, concrete will be poured around the covers and barricades will be in place for 24 hours to allow the concrete to cure.

This phase of the project is expected to take approximately three weeks. This is the last phase of construction. Substantial completion is scheduled for the end of July.

Please use caution when driving, bicycling or walking in the work area. Please obey all traffic control devices and watch for construction personnel and equipment in the work zone.

BRIDGE WORK I-10 NEAR TEXAS CANYON

The Arizona Department of Transportation will continue work on westbound Interstate 10 in Cochise County next week in preparation for repaving a 14-mile segment between the east end of Texas Canyon and the east side of Benson.

Crews will continue constructing a new bridge barrier wall at Adams Peak Wash, requiring daily right lane closures on westbound I-10 Monday, July 23 through Friday, July 27. Adams Peak Wash is located between mileposts 309 and 310 west of Texas Canyon.

Guardrail replacement on the western slope of Texas Canyon will require progressive right lane closures on westbound I-10 from milepost 317 to milepost 311. Those closures will be in effect daily from Monday, July 23 through Thursday, July 26. The closure area will be up to three miles long and will move as the work progresses.

In both areas, posted speed limits will be 55 mph and message boards will notify motorists of the restrictions in advance.

The work also includes repairs at the westbound rest area in Texas Canyon, which will remain closed until September. Repaving work is scheduled to begin after the Labor Day weekend.

TEXAS CANYON REST AREA REPAIRS

Rest area will be closed for up to five weeks

Closure of the rest area off westbound Interstate 10 in Texas Canyon has been rescheduled to begin Monday, July 16 to allow the Arizona Department of Transportation to repair worn concrete in the parking area.

The closure, originally scheduled to start Monday, July 9, will be in effect for up to five weeks.

The work is part of a $4.2 million project to resurface westbound I-10 between the Johnson Road traffic interchange (Exit 322) and the east side of Benson which is scheduled to be completed by December 2012.

During the closure, motorists are advised to use available facilities in Willcox or Benson. The nearest highway rest area east of Texas Canyon is located near San Simon at Exit 389. The nearest highway rest area to the west is located near Sacaton, west of Casa Grande.

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