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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Changes continue to make way for the modern streetcar along its route across the University of Arizona campus and through downtown. But other streets such as Sixth Avenue are also taking on a new direction.

Sixth Avenue is now a two-way street instead of one way north. That's a big change there, and people saw the issue two ways on Sunday afternoon. For some who live in the area, they anticipated Fourth Avenue becoming more of a challenge when the modern streetcar starts running, and welcomed another option to get home. Others also saw that benefit, and even enjoyed some improvements to Sixth Avenue; however, they also had concerns about more people turning to Sixth Avenue as a travel option.

"The pavement is much quieter. They used the recycled rubber in the pavement, so it's much quieter. But, the thing, it doesn't matter how quiet it is if you've got a lot more traffic," Vicki Maldonado said. She lives on Sixth Avenue.

"I think it's a good idea. I think it improves what I foresee as a kind of congested time on Fourth Avenue," resident Shelley said.

One concern about more traffic is that there could be more speeding, which raised questions about the need for mitigation such as speed tables. Just what challenges arise have yet to be seen, as the streetcar isn't expected to start running until next summer.

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