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Aug 23, 2014 1:54 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Fourth Avenue closure running smoothly so far

TUCSON - The city's closure of the southbound 4th Avenue underpass ran smoothly on its first night.

Many businesses and people in the area did not even realize the underpass was closed.

The big test is expected on Saturday night around 11 p.m., when the worst traffic jams have delayed streetcar service.

Rudy Robles lives on 9th Street where many cars diverted. He said it is always a noisy area, so he is not worried about extra traffic.

"Where I live, it's like somebody moving in next to a dump and complaining about the smell," he said. "So no. I'm fine with it."

Tim McHenry lives near the streetcar route and rides regularly. He is happy to see Sun Link moving smoothly to Downtown.

"Well it's slow," he said. "Cars are lined up at the red light at the other end of the underpass."

The city decided to close the underpass from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday night because classes start at the University of Arizona Monday. The extra students are expected to increase streetcar riders.

Pedestrians and bicycles are still allowed through.

City officials are not sure if they will try this again next weekend.

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