Mill Avenue will reopen Friday northbound from University Drive to Rio Salado Parkway after closing in May for Tempe Streetcar construction.
The northbound travel lane, on-street parking and bike lane were closed for three months as crews laid rails where Tempe’s $201 million streetcar soon will run.
Crews worked through the summer to complete the work in time for more than 50,000 Arizona State University students to head back to classes on Aug. 22.
“We’re excited and relieved to have Mill Avenue open in both directions – on schedule and just in time for the start of ASU’s fall semester and the influx of traffic that comes with it,” Mayor Mark Mitchell said.
Crews have laid more than 27,000 linear feet of rail – about 520 tons – since track work started in November, the city said.
The Tempe Streetcar, the first modern streetcar line in the Valley, is slated to open in spring 2021.
The three-mile route will loop through downtown Tempe, ASU, Rio Salado Parkway, Apache Boulevard and Ash Avenue. It will have 14 stops and two connections to Valley Metro light rail.
Crews will install streetcar stops along Mill Avenue next summer, and minimal traffic restrictions are expected.
Outside of downtown, track work continues on Mill Avenue south of University Drive and along Apache Boulevard east of Rural Road.
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