Downtown street car construction winding down

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Downtown street car construction winding down

By Justin Schecker. CREATED Jul 5, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The barriers are coming down, but it still could be a while before Tucson sees the actual Sun Link street-cars arrive.
Construction on Fourth Ave. and University Blvd. has virtually wrapped up and this week crews lifted lane restrictions along Broadway Ave., street car construction project manager Joe Chase said.
Since April 2012, the barriers, temporary traffic lights and road closures have been a headache for drivers and businesses in the downtown area.
"We know it has been an inconvenience throughout the project for a lot of businesses and travelers," Chase said. "But everyone's been patient. I think they're seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and they're really getting excited for final product the street car is going to offer."
Most of the remaining work, including installing overhead cable wire, should not be as disruptive to traffic, Chase said. 
Right now, the the heaviest construction is on Granada Ave. west of I-10.      
"The restrictions up to this point have been moderate to heavy in the downtown area," Chase said. "It is just going to be a lessening of those restrictions. There will still be barricades and there will still be some lane restrictions per se, but it is not going to be to the extent that it was."
Once completed, Sun Link will connect the U of A campus, Fourth Ave., downtown and the city's west side.
Next month the first street car will arrive for testing, Chase said. He added the middle of next summer is the target date for when the entire system will be up and running.
Construction crews are taking a break for the extended holiday weekend.  
Justin Schecker

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Justin Schecker reports for KGUN 9 ON Your Side at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00. He joined KGUN9 in September of 2012 and spent his first year in Tucson covering overnight breaking news for Good Morning Tucson.