Sixth Street plan will likely include a deck park - Tucson News Now

Sixth Street plan will likely include a deck park

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The park will add a community meeting place at Ninth Avenue.

As plans for a lowered Sixth Street move closer to reality, part of the Downtown Links between I-10 and Aviation Highway, residents along the route are reminding the Regional Transportation Authority and the City of Tucson what they had insisted on to keep their communities from being divided by the project.

The Downtown Links Citizens Advisory Committee reminded the City of Tucson Department of Transportation Monday night that they expect a deck park at Ninth Avenue, when the new Sixth Street is built north of the current route.  The deck park will place a community area on a bridge-like structure over the lowered Sixth Street that will cut through the area.

"The deck really was the connecting piece for everyone all around that area, not just Dunbar Springs neighborhood, but people from that community all around there say, 'hey, can we agree on this, because not only are we going to maintain and enhance this vibrancy that we have in this area but we have this extra gathering area for people to really use that space,'" said Dunbar Springs representative Daniela Diamente.

"We certainly value the neighborhood's desire to have that connection there," said TDOT project manager Tom Fisher.  "Plus, aesthetically, this is the time to do it.  We're not going to have another chance in 100 years to do any sort of additional deck that's going to go over there, so we better do it now."

Groundbreaking is expected in 2015.

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