For Immediate Release: November 22, 2017

Tucson, Ariz. – Tucson Electric Power (TEP) will begin replacing and relocating power poles, overhead power lines and other equipment next week to accommodate the Downtown Links transportation project.

Construction crews will install 18 new steel poles and remove 37 utility poles along East Sixth Street near downtown Tucson. TEP also will install more than 200 feet of power lines and other new facilities while relocating several transformer banks during this phase of construction. TEP expects to invest more than $1.5 million in improvements associated with the project.

Lane closures and other traffic control measures will be used during construction, which is expected to continue through the end of January 2018. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and obey all traffic rules in the area as crews work on busy roadways and near railroad crossings. Construction will take place on East Sixth Street between North Court and North Sixth avenues; on North Court between East Fifth and East Franklin streets; on North Ash Avenue between East Fifth and Sixth streets; and on North Ferro Avenue between East Fifth and Seventh streets.

TEP’s efforts will accommodate the Downtown Links transportation project, a planned four-lane road that will connect Barraza-Aviation Parkway to Interstate 10 and will include bike paths and other enhancements. For more information about the project, visit downtownlinks.info.

TEP provides safe, reliable electric service to nearly 420,000 customers in Southern Arizona. For more information, visit tep.com. TEP and its parent company, UNS Energy, are subsidiaries of Fortis Inc., a leader in the North American regulated electric and gas utility industry. For more information, visit fortisinc.com.


News Media Contact: Joseph Barrios, (520) 884-3725, jbarrios@tep.com