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Sep 21, 2012 8:01 PM by Erika Flores

Congress and 6th Avenue close at 10 p.m. Friday

TUCSON - There's light at the end of the tunnel for one section of Tucson's modern streetcar project. At 10 p.m. Friday, the intersection of Congress and 6th Avenue will be closed to allow the contractor to place rail through the intersection, pour concrete and pave the roadway.

It's been a headache for downtown businesses who have been dealing with this construction for months now.

Some businesses tell us they've lost 30 percent in sales. Others said they're down 50 percent but not because the construction limits access to their businesses.

In fact, there's a parking garage and metered parking nearby.

They believe just the plain sight of the construction keeps some people away.

Margo Susco, owner of Hydra tells us she depends on regulars to see the business through.

"Am I happy about the intersection being closed for nine days? No. I actually came back from a meeting regarding that topic this morning," said Susco.

Jesse Gutierrez, the streetcar construction manager tells us he understands businesses are concerned.

"We the city understand that. We've tried to make and do everything we can to help the businesses in any way we can, but this is getting very close to completion. We're almost done with this particular construction zone, so bear with it just a little bit longer," said Gutierrez.

Susco tells us although she's not happy to see this intersection close, she is excited to see the project taking shape.

The city tells us they expect to finish this section of the project which includes 5th Avenue to Stone by mid October.

For more information on the streetcar project, click here:
http://www.tucsonstreetcar.com/

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