Road runner: Fear not, Broadway construction work nearly over

2013-06-17T00:00:00Z 2013-06-21T12:18:21Z Road runner: Fear not, Broadway construction work nearly overJoe Ferguson Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 17, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Maybe they should call it the road formerly known as Broadway.

Those praying for an end to the construction along one lane of the boulevard between Wilmot and Pantano have to wait only a few more days.

Motorists, however, will have to endure another week of one-lane traffic before Broadway regains its "broad" status.

City spokesman Michael Graham said the last phase of the project deals with relocating utility lines and re-striping.

City officials expect this section of Broadway to open Friday.

DOWN THE ROAD

• Pima County Department of Transportation contractors will close or restrict traffic along several bridges on Tuesday and Wednesday to do routine inspections between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

On Tuesday, an inspection of two bridges along Madera Canyon Road will close for a minimum of 30 minutes. An inspection of the bridge near Thornydale and Magee roads will also be performed, but the area will remain open to traffic.

• The county will be doing major milling work on Alvernon Way between Sahuarita and Dawson roads. The project is expected to last three days.

• Union Pacific Railroad and Ames Construction will close three at-grade roadway crossings this week. The crossing at Joiner Road near where River Road turns into Thornydale Road will be closed on Wednesday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

On Thursday, the crossing at Tangerine Road will be closed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The crossing at Cochise Canyon Trail in Marana will be closed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.

Road Q

Q: Cyclist Dan McGuire wrote to say that he is dismayed at the amount of broken glass and debris in the bike lanes on Kinney Road from the Tucson Mountain County Park area all the way down to Ajo and then down Ajo to La Cholla.

"These streets are heavily used by cyclists riding on the west side, and last week there was a commercial bike touring company at the corner of Ajo and Kinney mounting up their riders, and I can only imagine what they thought of the broken glass and debris as they rode ... toward the Desert Museum and Saguaro National Park West."

A: Spokeswoman Annabelle Valenzuela of the Pima County Department of Transportation said the county issued a service request for sweeping Kinney Road. "There are times that we are not aware of glass and debris on the roadways/bike lanes in between our sweeping schedule," she wrote. "Dan can be assured that we do sweep the entire route prior to El Tour and other big cycling events."

To request sweeping of a bike lane or roadway, call the Pima County Department of Transportation Operations and Maintenance Division at 740-2639.

Send your Road Q questions by email to roadrunner@azstarnet.com or to 4850 S. Park Ave., Tucson, AZ 85714. Please include first and last names.

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