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Sep 19, 2012 11:58 AM by Nichole Szemerei

Cone Zone 9/19: Congress closing

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Congress Street to Close at Sixth Avenue

On Thursday, September 20, from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following morning and at 10 p.m. on Friday, September 21 through 5 a.m. Monday, October 1, the intersection of Congress Street at Sixth Avenue will be closed. The closure will allow 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 repave the roadway. This intersection work is being coordinated with ongoing Congress Street construction activities so that when rail installation and paving is complete, it will provide more opportunities for increased pedestrian access.
• 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.

Downtown

• At 7 p.m. on Friday, September 21 until 7 p.m. Monday, October 1, intersection of Congress Street and Sixth Avenue will be closed. Place rail through intersection.
• Most parking along Sixth Avenue, north and south of the Congress Street intersection will be maintained.
• During the month of September, crews will begin installing track on Congress Street from Fifth Avenue to east of Stone Avenue.
• During the week of September 17, Crews will deliver sections of rail and form the track bed along the Congress Street block between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
• ADVANCED NOTICE: During the week of September 24, the contractor will prepare Congress Street, between Sixth and Stone Avenues for paving the first layer of asphalt and will pour the concrete track bed on the Congress Street block between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
• Traffic on Granada Avenue, between Congress and Cushing Streets shifted to northbound lanes of Granada Avenue, providing one lane of travel in each direction.
• As work progresses over the next several months, traffic movement will be alternated between the NB SB lanes in order to accommodate work in the area. One travel lane in each direction will be maintained. Most work along this section will take place over night between 7:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning.

Fourth Avenue and University Boulevard

• On Friday, September 14, the contractor will pave Eighth Street between Fourth Avenue and the Maintenance and Storage Facility located west of Fifth Street. Once the paving is complete, Eighth Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues will reopen to traffic.
• During the paving operation parking will not be allowed on either side of Eighth Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues.
• On Monday, September 17, the intersection of Eighth Street and Fourth Avenue will close.
• On Monday, September 17, from 9 p.m. to midnight the contractor will transport rail to Fourth Avenue between Sixth and Seventh Streets. It will be moved from Third Avenue and Tenth Street, north along Third Avenue to Eighth Street, west to Fourth Avenue and into the work area. Several segments will be transported.
• Parking along Third Avenue and Eighth Street will not be permitted from noon, Monday, September 17 until the rail transport operation is complete.
• Eastbound travel will not be permitted through the intersection of Sixth Street and Fourth Avenue beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 22 through 6 a.m. Monday, September 24. The closure will allow the contractor to complete rail installation. Motorist should watch for signs directing them around the work area.
• Westbound travel through the intersection will not be impacted.
• In addition to completing roadway paving preparations on University Boulevard between Third and Euclid Avenues, the contractor is completing work on curbs, sidewalks and ramps.

U of A and Health Sciences Center

• Beginning at 6 a.m. Sunday, September 16 through 4 p.m. Friday, September 21, eastbound Speedway Boulevard will be reduced to one travel lane between Cherry and Campbell Avenues. The temporary lane closure allows the contractor to complete "tying-over" the 16-inch water line in the area.
• Eastbound Speedway Boulevard will reopen to three lanes of traffic following the tie-over of the water lines to the existing system.
• On Friday, September 14, the contractor will pave Second Street from Highland to Cherry Avenues. On Saturday afternoon, September 15, Second Street will be open to traffic from Park Avenue to Cherry Avenue.
• On Tuesday, September 18, the contractor will begin placing OCS poles along Second Street, between Park Avenue and the Student Union Building. Motorists should watch for lane restrictions within the work area.
• ADVANCE NOTICE: On Monday, September 24, prepare Second Street, Palm to Highland Avenue, for rail placement. This work will be complete early November.
• The intersection of Mountain Avenue and Second Street will be closed.
• Access to the Second Street Garage can be accessed via Cherry or Vine Avenues and then traveling west to the garage.
• Motorists exiting the Second Street Garage will only be permitted to make a right turn movement.
• Westbound travel on Second Street will be directed around the work area.
• To provide access to the Student Union loading dock, James E. Rogers Way will be temporarily converted to two-way travel from September 24 through approximately early November 2012. This change in traffic control along James E. Rogers Way will not provide access to Second Street.

Schedule for overnight paving and ramp work on I-10 between Valencia Road and Rita Road

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 between Sunday, Sept. 16 and 7 a.m. Friday Sept. 21. Overnight work will take place from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning as follows:

Sunday, Sept. 16
• The right lane on eastbound I-10 will be closed from Craycroft Road to Kolb Road.
• The eastbound I-10 entrance ramp at Craycroft Road will be closed.

Monday, Sept.17
• The right lane on eastbound I-10 will be closed from Craycroft Road to Kolb Road.
• The eastbound I-10 entrance ramp at Wilmot Road will be closed.

Tuesday, Sept. 18
• The right lane on westbound I-10 will be closed from Wilmot Rod to Rita Road.
• The eastbound I-10 entrance ramp at Kolb Road will be closed.

Wednesday, Sept. 19
• The right lane on westbound I-10 will be closed from Rita Road to Kolb Road.
• The westbound I-10 exit ramp at Kolb Road will be closed.

Thursday, Sept. 20
• The right lane on westbound I-10 will be closed from Rita Road to Wilmot Road.
• The westbound I-10 entrance ramp at Kolb Road will be closed.

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.

Construction begins on archery range at Naranja Park

Construction has commenced on the fixed-range archery course in Naranja Park, a 213-acre parcel located at 660 W. Naranja Drive in Oro Valley.

A $15,000 grant from the Arizona Game and Fish Department is funding the range site development, and a $16,000 donation from the Pusch Ridge Archers will be used to purchase targets. To stretch donated funds even farther, the Town of Oro Valley will be self-performing the construction work.

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.

Guardrail work on westbound Interstate 10 east of Tucson near Colossal Cave/Wentworth Road

The Arizona Department of Transportation will close the left lane on westbound Interstate 10, one mile west of the Colossal Cave/Wentworth Road exit from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sep. 20, for guardrail repair.

The schedule is subject to change due to a variety of reasons, including weather, availability of materials, and mechanical difficulties. ADOT advises drivers to proceed through or near work zones with caution, slow down, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.

Pavement Preservation Projects to Begin September 24 in Arizona City, Eloy Areas

Pinal County Public Works crews will be placing an Asphalt Dust Rock Palliative (ADRP) layer on four stretches of road in the Arizona City and Eloy areas. ADRP is similar to a chip seal and it is used to smooth and renew the road surface while cutting down on dust. Work will begin September 24.

These pavement preservation projects will use a combined total of 186,550 square yards of material to resurface approximately 22.7 lane miles of improved road. The project will use almost 2800 tons of chip and 357 tons of oil. The ADRP will lengthen the life of the road while also helping improve air quality by minimizing dust.

The roads to be affected by the pavement preservation project include:

• Hanna Road from Curry Road to La Palma
• Battaglia Drive from La Palma Road to State Route 87
• Sunland Gin Road from Greene Reservoir Road to Harmon Road
• Harmon Road from Sunshine Boulevard to Picacho Highway

Lambert Lane driveway closures

As part of the Lambert Lane Roadway Improvements, Contractor Eagle Rock will close driveways on Lambert at the following locations, September 19, 2012 - January 31, 2013:
• Big 5 Sporting Goods, SE corner of Lambert and La Cañada
• Valero gas station, NE corner of Lambert and La Cañada

During the closure, work crews will build the median curb and pave the south side of Lambert Lane. Drivers should use other available driveways/entrances.

Work on Interstate 10 at State Route 90 scheduled late this week and early next week

Detour onto I-10 from SR 90 in effect overnight Sunday

Motorists traveling on Interstate 10 near the interchange with State Route 90 will encounter travel restrictions later this week and early next week as the Arizona Department of Transportation continues work on the newly constructed overpass in Benson.

The following are restrictions are scheduled:

• The right lane of westbound I-10 will be closed from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 for one mile starting a half-mile east of SR 90 to allow crews to make repairs to a barrier wall.

• The entrance ramp onto eastbound I-10 from SR 90 will be closed for paving at 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 and reopening at 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24. During this closure, SR 90 traffic will travel west on I-10 to Mescal Road (Exit 297) to exit and return to eastbound I-10.

• The right lane of eastbound I-10 will be closed from 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 until 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 starting a half-mile west of SR 90 to approximately one mile east of SR 90 to allow for paving.

ADOT advises drivers to proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.

Guardrail work on westbound Interstate 10 east of Tucson near Colossal Cave/Wentworth Road next week
The Arizona Department of Transportation will close the left lane on westbound Interstate 10, one mile west of the Colossal Cave/Wentworth Road exit from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sep. 20, for guardrail repair.

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