Department of Transportation and Mobility Initiates 'Operation Splash'

Published on June 07, 2023

Trailer carrying barricade signs and worker with bright vest

In an effort to protect the public on city streets during Tucson's summer thunderstorm season, the Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) is initiating "Operation Splash." Beginning Wednesday, June 14, DTM staff will be on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through mid-September.

As washes flood, crews will close roadways at dip crossings and washes using the more than 500 barricades that were delivered and placed on the side of the roadways, near the crossings. DTM will also assist residents concerned with flooding by offering free self-serve sandbags in the east parking lot of Hi Corbett Field, 700 S. Randolph Way, at Reid Park. To ensure the community is prepared, the self-serve sandbag program will open ahead of the first predicted storm. Remember, a barricade in place on a roadway is a sign that unsafe conditions exist ahead.


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