Beginning at 4 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2013 through 4 a.m. Monday, July 29, 2013, the intersection of Granada Avenue and St. Mary’s Road/Sixth Street will be closed.  Additionally, Main Avenue will be closed at Sixth Street during this work.  The closure allows the contractor to complete installation of storm drain, traffic signal conduit and irrigation sleeves across the roadways.

  • Eastbound and westbound motorists and bicyclists are encouraged to use Speedway Boulevard as an alternate during this weekend work.
  • Northbound and southbound motorists and bicyclist are encouraged to use Stone Avenue as an alternate during this weekend work.
  • The south leg of Main Avenue, at the Sixth Street intersection, will remain closed through mid-September 2013 while the contractor completes the installation of curb and sidewalk and prepares the roadway for final grading.

ONGOING - Church Avenue at Sixth Street is closed to allow the contractor to complete underground utility work.

The following traffic control is in place during this work:

  • Northbound and southbound Church Avenue is closed at Sixth Street to allow the contractor to complete underground sewer work. 
  • Access to the University Service Annex Building will be maintained through the entrance on Main Avenue, north of Sixth Street and through the parking lot on the east side of the building off Sixth Street.
  • Landscaping and road work will begin on the north side of St. Mary’s Road/Sixth Street and will continue for the duration of the summer
  • Work hours for the contractor are 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday with occasional weekend work.
  • Motorists are asked to avoid using local neighborhood streets as a detour.

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 six-foot-wide 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 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.