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Streetcar project affecting traffic on Speedway

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Crews are covering underground utility upgrades that are part of the modern streetcar project. Crews are covering underground utility upgrades that are part of the modern streetcar project.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Construction work for the modern streetcar project is affecting traffic on Speedway near the University of Arizona for two days.

Westbound Speedway Boulevard is reduced to one lane of traffic between Campbell and  Cherry Avenues Tuesday and Wednesday this week, from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. both days.

Overnight Tuesday, a second lane will open until construction begins again Wednesday morning.

Crews are working to cover the underground utility upgrades that are part of the modern streetcar project.

The work is expected to be done Wednesday night.

That's it for surface work on Speedway.

The next lane closures will happen in about six weeks with the next phase of streetcar construction in the Speedway area.

The same area will be affected, between Campbell and Cherry.

This time it will affect traffic in both directions.

However, all the work will be going on under Speedway.

"The only thing that will happen in the near future is that when were constructing the Warren Street underpass, below Speedway, We'll need to close off one lane of traffic directly above where the work is taking place, and that's for safety reasons," says Modern Streetcar Construction Manager Jesse Gutierrez.

We're told streetcar construction is on target.

The first streetcars are set to arrive in Tucson in February.

They'll be tested on a short stretch of Fourth avenue for most of the year.

Then, tickets to ride should be going on sale by the end of 2013.

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