Saturday, March 24, 2012

Eighth Street Update

This is one in a continuing series of traffic alerts that will be
issued throughout the construction of the Downtown Links - Eighth Street
Drainage Improvement project. These alerts will announce construction,
detour and street closure information as it affects traffic.

The Eighth Street Drainage Improvement project limits extend from Sixth
Avenue on the west to Third Avenue on the east and Sixth Street on the
north to Stevens Avenue on the south. Work throughout the improvement
area will necessitate multiple street closures and restrictions that
will impact motorists and bicyclists.

Business and pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the work

Fourth Avenue/Eighth Street Intersection Closure - On Monday, March 26,
2012, the contractor will begin placing the underground drainage
facility across Fourth Avenue at Eighth Street. The work will require
the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Eighth Street to be completely
closed. The following information details traffic control changes in the

● Monday, March 26 through the end of April, the intersection of
Fourth Avenue/Eighth Street will be closed.
● Fourth Avenue, between Seventh and Ninth Streets will be closed
to vehicular traffic but open to local access/deliveries.
● Motorist wishing to travel north or south along Fourth Avenue,
between Seventh Street and Ninth Street, will be detoured around the
work area.
● Eighth Street, between Hoff Avenue and Fifth Avenue will be
● Pedestrian access will be maintained around the work area.

Stop Signs have been placed on northbound Sixth Avenue at Seventh
Street. The new Stop Signs will initiate a temporary three-way stop at
the intersection. This traffic control change is in preparation of
converting Sixth Avenue to two-way traffic between Sixth and Seventh

The traveling public can expect delays when driving, bicycling or
walking in this work area. For your safety, please observe all traffic
control signage, message boards, and obey reduced speed limits. Watch
for construction personnel and equipment in the work zone.

The Downtown Links improvement project is part of the long-range
Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) plan that was approved by
Tucson-area voters in 2006. The voter-approved, $2.1 billion RTA plan
will be implemented through 2026. Details about the full plan are
available at The RTA has a nine-member board with
representatives from local, state and tribal governments. While funded
through the RTA, the above project is managed by the Tucson Department
of Transportation (TDOT).