The Tucson Department of Transportation has closed Church Avenue between 6th Street and Franklin Street for the next month while Tucson Electric Power removes power lines from the area.
It is the second closure for utility work in preparation for phase three of the Downtown Links project, which will connect Barraza-Aviation Parkway to Interstate 10 via Sixth Street.
Plans for the new roadway will be a departure from the highway originally envisioned by the Arizona Department of Transportation in the 1980s.
“It’s going to be four lanes with a 30-mile-an-hour speed limit," said TDOT's Sam Credio. "There’s a new intersection that will be made at Sixth Street, a new intersection at Stone Avenue and a new underpass with the Union Pacific railroad.”
The project will also mean a portion of 6th Street is rebuilt wider and north of its current location.
Road building on Phase III is scheduled to begin in early 2017, and is expected to take about two years to complete.