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Caution advised while traveling through UA Mall during Tucson Festival of Books setup, breakdown

Ryan Revock
Ryan Revock / Arizona Daily Wildcat Tucson Festival of Books setup going on at the UA Mall Friday, March first. The setup will be going on until March 8 and the breakdown will go from March 11th to the 15th.

Members of the UA community are advised to travel cautiously around the UA Mall while the setup and breakdown for the Tucson Festival of Books is going on.

Setup for the festival will be underway until March 8, and the breakdown will be from March 11 to March 15.

There will be temporary road closures from the stage on the Mall to Cherry Avenue for the setup and breakdown for the festival, according to Bill Davidson, the public information and marketing manager for Parking and Transportation Services.

“We just want to make sure all the pedestrians and bikes going through the Mall are aware of the construction and the closures on a temporary basis,” Davidson said, “and that they have the ability to get through all the Mall streets safely.”

There are cautionary signs and a flagman on the mall to help keep pedestrians and cyclists safe while traveling through the area.

Sidewalks providing north and south access through the Mall are still open for pedestrians to use. Bike riders are being asked to walk their bikes through the area.

There will be large delivery trucks and forklifts operating on the Mall for the setup and for the breakdown following the festival.

“Just observe the signage and … be aware of vehicles that are moving around in that area and any signage or barricades in that area,” said Elisa Tapia, program coordinator for special events at Parking and Transportation Services, “because a lot of times [UA community members] are texting or talking with their co-workers or co-students and they walk right into it, so we just want them to be careful.”

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