Beginning Thursday, November 1, 2012, at 6 a.m., the intersection of Congress Street and Stone Avenue will be closed to motorists to allow Sun Link Tucson Streetcar construction crews to complete critical utility work through the intersection.

The full closure for this Downtown intersection will last approximately seven days and the traveling public should look for electronic message boards and signage to navigate around this temporary intersection closure.

“Underground utility relocation and infrastructure improvements are a necessary step in constructing the Sun Link Tucson  Streetcar system,” said Jesse Gutierrez, Sun Link Tucson Streetcar Construction Project Manager. “Crews will be connecting a new waterline across this major downtown intersection, connecting an east to west side water line that runs along Congress Street.”

“Digging up the streets for streetcar construction has allowed the City to improve and upgrade millions of dollars in public and private utilities underneath some of our City’s busiest streets,” said Gutierrez.  Specifically, that utility-related work can mean locating, relocating, redesigning, upgrading and installing water, sewer, gas and electric and communications infrastructure - some installed in the 1920s.

For more information, please visit www.tucsonstreetcar.com to subscribe to email updates, visit the project Facebook page, and sign up for Twitter, or call the information line at (520) 624 -5656.

The Tucson Sun Link Tucson Streetcar is a project of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and part of the voter-approved, $2.1 billion RTA plan that will be implemented through 2026. Details about the full plan are available at www.RTAmobility.com. The Sun Link project is co-managed by the City of Tucson and the RTA.