The good news: By the next Club Crawl™ in October, there will be a big, beautiful new Fourth Avenue underpass connecting the two entertainment areas (Fourth Avenue and Congress Street). Also coming soon: a large, new parking garage next to Hotel Congress.
But, alas, the new underpass and parking garage won't be finished in time for this Club Crawl™. In the meantime, here are some frequently asked questions regarding construction, street closures and parking.
How will the street closure affect traffic coming to Club Crawl™?
We close down Congress Street at noon to set up our outdoor stages. We then turn Broadway Boulevard into a two-way street between Fourth and Sixth avenues. Regular westbound traffic on Congress Street will resume at Sixth Avenue.
We highly recommend entering downtown either from the north via Stone Avenue, or from the south via Sixth Avenue, to avoid delays on that section of westbound Congress/Broadway.
With the underpass closed, how do I walk from Fourth Avenue to Congress Street?
The Fourth Avenue underpass remains closed, so if you are a pedestrian, the main way to go from Fourth Avenue to Congress Street is to take a five-minute walk down either Eighth Street or Seventh Street west to the Sixth Avenue underpass. Once you come up from the underpass, you will be at Toole Avenue, which is 1 1/2 blocks north of Hotel Congress and the east main entrance into the Club Crawl™ enclosure at Toole and Congress.
Where are the main entrances to Club Crawl™?
There are only two main entrances to Club Crawl™ this spring. The east entrance is at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Congress Street, and the west entrance is at Sixth Avenue and Congress. Each of these entrances will have plenty of people selling wristbands and admitting people into the event quickly.
Finally, where shall I park?
The closest big parking garage to Club Crawl™ is one block away, on the corner of Pennington Street and Sixth Avenue. The best way to access this garage is to 1) head south on Stone to Pennington, then east to the Scott Street entrance; or 2) to head north on Sixth Avenue to Pennington, then to the entrance. There are 750 parking spots here, and the price is only $2 for the entire night.
There are also 1,000 on-street parking meter spaces near Club Crawl™ that are free after 5 p.m. The La Placita garage, at Church Avenue and Jackson Street (one block south of Broadway), has an additional 500 spaces. With four other large parking garages nearby, the number of parking spaces downtown totals 14,000.
For more parking information, go to Tucson's Parkwise site at parkwise.tucsonaz.gov.