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Feb 1, 2013 1:20 PM by Danielle Lerner

Streetcar construction clearing, more of Congress reopens Friday

TUCSON- Just in time for this weekend's Gem Show kickoff, more progress on the Modern Streetcar Project downtown. Another section of Congress, from Granada, past I-10 to N. Linda Ave. will reopen Friday.

Since last week crews have been working as fast as possible. It is already a busy stretch of road and Gem Show traffic has already added to the congestion. In addition to the section of road near the Tucson Convention Center, the stretch from Scott to Church will also open up. It shut down late summer.

The progress is welcome news for businesses and commuters in the downtown area, hit hard by all the construction.

"Businesses around here depend on that pop that we get," said Caitlin Smesler of Sparkroot Cafe. "I mean we're kind of known in Tucson for that rush that we get during the gem show."

"I definitely have had a couple moments where I've had to swerve around a little bit and I think it would be nice to be able to ride on the streets when it's construction free," said Emma Lewis, who lives in Tucson.

Still a ways to go until the area is free from construction. Congress from Church to Granada is still shut down and tracks need to be laid on Broadway. However the end is in sight. The project manager tells News 4 Tucson they are on track to finish work in the area by late summer.

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