Repairs to 36” Reclaimed Pipeline to Continue Through Next Weekby Michael Carson on Apr. 21, 2011, under Uncategorized
April 21, 4 PM
Tucson Water announced that repair work at Congress Street and Bonita Avenue is likely to continue through next Friday. Traffic restrictions will remain in place for the duration of the work.
Workers have started to upgrade additional water lines in the area of the 36” reclaimed water line that broke on Tuesday morning. In addition to the upgrades, workers will excavate approximately 40 feet along northbound Bonita to uncover a portion of the reclaimed water line to allow for inspection to ensure that it is not damaged. Because the 36” pipeline is a specialty product, the replacement pieces will be delivered from out of state, and is expected to arrive early next week.
Pedestrians and bicyclists will continue to be restricted from Congress Street between Linda Avenue and the Congress Street bridge. Fencing will be installed around the perimeter of the construction area, and signage will be provided to guide pedestrians and bicyclists through a detour route. The detour will route pedestrians and bicyclists along Linda Avenue to Alameda Street, then across Bonita Avenue to the Santa Cruz River Park pathway. From there, pedestrians and bicyclists will be directed through the Garden of Gethsemane park to a path leading to the Congress Street bridge. The detour has been established to ensure the safety of pedestrian and bicyclist traffic passing through the area.
Congress Street remains closed to vehicular traffic between Interstate 10 and Avenida del Convento. Westbound vehicular traffic leaving the downtown area will continue to be directed to either the westbound or eastbound frontage roads at Interstate 10. Eastbound traffic on Congress Street is restricted to local traffic east of Grande Avenue. Access to businesses along Congress, including El Rio Neighborhood Health Center, is from eastbound Congress Street and Grande Avenue.
Motorists are urged to avoid this area, and should use 22nd Street or St. Mary’s Road as alternate routes.