Even with many of the great events this weekend requiring street closures, Downtown remains incredibly accessible. Other than Stone Avenue for an hour or so on Friday evening (from around 6 to 7 p.m.), access into Downtown Tucson is available via Stone Avenue from the north, 22nd Street and Sixth Avenue from the south, St. Mary's Road from the west and Sixth Street and Broadway from the east.
Tucson Meet Yourself – Beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. until Sunday at midnight, Church Avenue from Alameda Street to Congress Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic to accommodate exhibits and heavy pedestrian traffic attending the Tucson Meet Yourself event. Festival hours are Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tucson Gay Freedom Day Parade – Beginning Friday at 6 p.m. Stone Avenue will be closed between Ochoa and Alameda Streets. Alameda Street will also be closed from Stone Avenue through Main Avenue. These streets are expected to be open by 7 p.m.
2nd Saturdays – Beginning at noon Saturday until midnight, Scott Avenue between Broadway and Congress Street will be closed for 2nd Saturdays activities.
AIDSWALK Tucson – In conjunction with Tucson Meet Yourself, the 25th annual AIDSWALK Tucson will take place beginning Sunday at 8 a.m. at the Joel Valdez Main Library/Jacome Plaza. The walk will take place on the west side of Downtown and will not have any street closures associated with the event.
The first streetcar has arrived and is undergoing testing along the route. Click here for a full list of projected testing times and activities. During this week, the traveling public may see Sun Link streetcar 101 on the rails for daytime and nighttime testing. Typically the streetcar occupies the same travel lane as vehicles, except for specific 'switch' locations. During testing, please be aware that police officers may be present, streetcar personnel may be walking with the streetcar to monitor tests, motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists are moving in a new transit environment, and new directional signs and pavement markings are in place.
During the week of October 7 through October 11, 2013, eastbound Toole Avenue, between 5th Avenue and Congress Street, will be closed. Traffic will be detoured to southbound 5th Avenue. Access to businesses and parking will be maintained. The contractor will continue with utility adjustments through October 11, 2013, along Broadway, Congress Street and Granada Avenue. Motorists should prepare for lane restrictions in the area of work. At least one travel lane will be maintained at all times.
The contractor is continuing with adjustments of the overhead contact wire in the downtown area. Motorists should expect temporary lane restrictions in the area. Officers will be on site to direct traffic during this work.
The contractor will continue installing sidewalks, curbs and access ramps in the downtown area. Traffic may be shifted to accommodate work in the area. Temporary turn restrictions at intersections may be in place during these activities.
This information is provided by the Tucson Modern Streetcar weekly newsletter, also found online at TucsonStreetcar.com. Schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions and/or equipment failure.
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