On Friday, April 19, 2013, at approximately 6 a.m., Borderland Construction Company, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will close St. Mary’s Road/Sixth Street to through travel between Church and Granada Avenues to allow crews to install a 90-inch storm drain. The closure will be in place through the end of May 2013. The following information applies to this road closure only:

  • The intersection of Church Avenue and Sixth Street will remain open to eastbound turn movements from Church Avenue to Sixth Street.
  • Granada Avenue will be open to north/south through traffic and westbound turn movements only.
  • Through traffic at the intersection of Main Avenue and Sixth Street will be prohibited.
  • Access to The University of Arizona Service Annex Building will be maintained through the parking lot on the east side of the building off Sixth Street and the entrance on Main Avenue, north of Sixth Street.
  • Pedestrian access at the intersection of Granada Avenue and St. Mary’s Road/Sixth Street will be maintained
  • One travel lane in each direction will be maintained along St. Mary’s Road between Granada Avenue and the westbound I-10 frontage road.
  • Access to Davis Elementary School will be maintained at all times.
  • Motorist should use Speedway Boulevard as an alternate route for east-west travel during this time.
  • Motorists are asked to avoid using local neighborhood streets as a detour.
  • Work hours for the contractor are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday with occasional weekend work.

This is the Second Phase of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)-funded Downtown Links Project.

The purpose of this project is to reconstruct and widen St. Mary’s Road/Sixth Street from I-10 to Church Avenue. As a part of the reconstruction, pedestrian facilities will be upgraded with new concrete sidewalks and access ramps along with a new signalized pedestrian/bicycle crossing just east of Davis Street. Bicycle travel will be accommodated by new 6-foot bike lanes in both directions.

The existing pavement will be replaced with new rubberized asphalt paving to provide a smoother, quieter, and safer ride. Drainage improvements consist of new storm drains and catch basins. This project also includes a new traffic signal at the intersection of St. Mary’s Road/Sixth Street and Granada Avenue. Street lighting for driver safety and neighborhood security will be installed as well. .

Lastly, the project will have landscaping elements that incorporate sustainable practices like water harvesting and the recycling of existing concrete. Public art will also be included in this project.

The project began in November 2012 and should be completed by January 2014. The project construction cost is approximately $7.3 million.

The voter-approved, $2.1 billion RTA plan will be implemented through 2026. Details about the full plan are available at www.RTAmobility.com. The RTA has a nine-member board with representatives from local, state and tribal governments. While funded through the RTA, the above projects will be managed by TDOT.