Rita Road temporarily closing for UPRR track work | News
The Union Pacific Railroad is closing Rita Road on June 24.
Starting at 7 a.m. UPRR is closing Rita Road to travel, to allow crews to begin railroad track improvements at the ‘at-grade’ crossing located between Old Vail Road and I-10.
This will be a complete closure and will be in place from 7 a.m. June 24 to 7 p.m. on June 28.
Improvements will include new railroad ties, ballast and flat panels. When these upgrades are finished it will improve pedestrian and bicycle access across the tracks.
Electronic message boards will be in place to warn of the upcoming closure.
These improvements are part of a larger City of Tucson Department of Transportation project, geared toward making pedestrian and bicycle access to the Harrison Greenway Project possible.
Further parts of the TDOT project, scheduled to start in mid-August, consist of reconstructing southbound Rita Road from the UPRR tracks to just south of Science Park Drive to include a five-foot wide bicycle lane, and the installation of a southbound right-turn lane and traffic signal upgrades at the Rita Road and Science Park Drive intersection. Work will also include new northbound sidewalks in locations where sidewalks currently do not exist. This work will take approximately four months to complete.
Motorists can expect delays when driving in these work areas, and are asked to obey all traffic control signs, as well as watch for construction personnel and equipment.