Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Congress Street Closure Extended Through May 6

Additional time is required to complete repairs to a 36” reclaimed water line that failed on Tuesday, April 19, 2011. The primary reason that repairs will take longer than originally anticipated is due to the need for specialty materials. According to Fernando Molina, Public Information Officer for Tucson Water, the 36” pipeline is designed specifically for high pressures and reclaimed water use, and must be ordered and shipped from a manufacturer in Alabama. Additional components, such as valves and pipe restraints, also needed to be special ordered or custom fabricated.

Westbound traffic exiting downtown will continue to be diverted to the
eastbound and westbound Interstate-10 frontage roads. Eastbound traffic
on Congress Street from Grande Avenue is restricted to local traffic
only, allowing access to El Rio Neighborhood Health Center and other
business located along Congress Street.

Pedestrian and bicycle traffic will continue to be rerouted along
Bonita Avenue to Alameda. Persons riding bicycles or walking through the
area are urged to use caution and follow direction signage in place
along the detour route.