On Monday, June 24, 2013, beginning at 7 a.m., Rita Road will be closed to travel at the Union Pacific Railroad crossing to allow work crews to begin railroad track improvements at the at-grade crossing, located between Old Vail Road and Interstate 10. The complete closure is scheduled to be in place until 7 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2013. The improvements include new railroad ties, ballast and flat panels. When complete, the railroad track work will improve pedestrian and bicycle access across the tracks. Electronic message boards will be in place to advise motorists of this upcoming closure. 

The at-grade railroad crossing improvements are part of larger City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) project to improve pedestrian and bicycle access to Pima County’s Harrison Greenway Project.

TDOT’s project, which is scheduled to begin in mid-August 2013, consists of reconstructing southbound Rita Road from the Union Pacific Railroad tracks to just south of Science Park Drive to include a five-foot wide bicycle lane, and the installation of a southbound right-turn lane and traffic signal upgrades at the Rita Road and Science Park Drive intersection. Work will also include new northbound sidewalks in locations where sidewalks currently do not exist. This work will take approximately four months to complete.

The traveling public can expect delays when driving in these work areas.  Please obey all traffic control signs and watch for construction personnel and equipment in these work areas.