Road runner: Stretch of Sixth Ave. downtown will become 2-way soon

Pending project to convert it to two-way traffic
2013-05-06T00:00:00Z 2013-06-21T14:21:38Z Road runner: Stretch of Sixth Ave. downtown will become 2-way soonBecky Pallack Becky Pallack Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The city is gearing up for a project to convert Sixth Avenue to two-way traffic between Broadway and Speedway.

And that means another major entryway to downtown Tucson will be under construction, joining Broadway, Congress Street, Granada Avenue and St. Mary's Road.

The project includes new traffic signals at Sixth Avenue and Speedway, and at Sixth Avenue and Sixth Street, said project manager Diahn Swartz.

Part of Sixth was converted to two-way traffic last year during streetcar construction, and when the project is done all of Sixth will have two-way traffic.

There will also be new signs, smoother pavement and new striping, she said.

Between Sixth Street and Speedway, Sixth Avenue will have two northbound lanes and one southbound lane, with parking on both sides of the street. There will be markings for cars to share the road with cyclists.

Construction will begin late this month or early in June and take about three months to complete, Swartz said.

One lane in each direction will stay open during the work, but you could try Stone Avenue as an alternative route.

DOWN THE ROAD

• The right lane of eastbound Interstate 10 will be closed this morning near the Marsh Station interchange and reopen at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Crews are putting up barricades in preparation for paving work.

• Traffic will be down to one lane in each direction on Rita Road south of Old Vail Road today. Crews are installing new bike lanes as part of The Loop trail system.

ROAD Q

Question: "I see several parking spaces with the charging stations for electric cars. There are signs that say the spaces are for electric vehicles only," writes Karl Sandwell-Weiss.

"However, there is no reference to an Arizona or city regulation that forbids anyone else from parking in them, unlike the handicapped spaces. Does this mean they are available for others to use?"

A: A state law says you could get a ticket and a fine of at least $350, said Tucson police Sgt. Chris Widmer.

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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