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Interactive Maps Provide Valuable Information About Tucson

ZoomTucson is an interactive mapping site that allows citizens to find government information and services, such as political representatives, trash and recycling collection schedules, zoning, and school boundaries. ZoomTucson's clean and simple map interface allows users to search by an address or click on a location to display a wealth of information. It's also good for people interested in moving to Tucson.

City Adds Another Sandbag Location

The City of Tucson is now offering a self-service site for sandbags in the parking lot of Hi Corbett Field on South Randolph Way. The Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) has a big pile of sand in the lot, complete with shovels and sandbags to fill on your own. Please adhere to the 10-bag limit so there's enough to go around for those who need them.

Repaving Project to Begin on Escalante Road

Weather permitting, the lowering of manhole and water valve covers on Escalante Road from Wilmot Road to Kolb Road will begin tomorrow as part of the reconstruction of Escalante. Once the utility covers are lowered, crews from Borderland Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin removing asphalt and prepping the subgrade for paving. Crews will work 6 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, with some Saturday work planned. The work will occur in three sections and take place in separate phases.

Escalante Road - Wilmot Road to Kolb Road Repaving Project

Lowering manhole covers and water valve covers on Escalante Road from Wilmot Road to Kolb Road will begin on Thursday, August 11, 2016, weather permitting. Once the utility covers are lowered, crews from Borderland Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin removing asphalt and prepping the subgrade for paving. Crews will work Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, with some Saturday work planned.
 

Heavy Rain Hits Tucson and Makes National News

Heavy rain associated with Tropical Storm Javier flooded parts of Tucson this morning, leaving several cars stranded and in need of help from the Tucson Fire Department (TFD) as fast-moving currents quickly swamped roads and flooded underpasses and washes. More than 2 inches of rain was reported in some parts of the city. As TFD stresses during thunderstorms, "Turn Around, Don't Drown."

Tucson City Council Hears About Capital Needs and More

City Manager Michael Ortega yesterday held a retreat with the Mayor and Tucson City Council to begin discussions of goals, focus, and capital reinvestment needs for city infrastructure. Goals for the coming year include employee compensation and retention, economic development, and customer service.

The city needs about $1.2 billion to reinvest in parks, public safety, and road repair.

Yesterday's retreat was the initial discussion on capital reinvestment needs. City leaders will invite stakeholders to help prioritize the needs list.

Birding Festival This Week

The sixth annual Southeast Arizona Birding Festival runs this Thursday through Monday, Aug. 11-15. Hosted by the Tucson Audubon Society, the festival based at Arizona Riverpark Inn, 777 W. Cushing St., will include field trips to more than 20 bird-watching hotspots in the region, workshops, presentations by speakers, and social gatherings. There is a $15 registration fee and additional fees for field trips and other activities.

Tucson Water Wins Award

Tucson Water is the winner of the "Utility of the Future Today" joint recognition program. The program, created by the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, and WateReuse, with support from the EPA, acknowledges industry leaders in resource recovery, watershed protection, culture change, and community partnering.

Caterpillar Executive Says Incentives and Government Hospitality Lured Company to Tucson

During a time of company downsizing, Caterpillar says it chose Tucson to relocate a division to rebuild and grow it's core business. In an interview with the Arizona Daily Star, Caterpillar Inc. Vice President Tom Bluth said local governments were a major reason Tucson was selected for the new site.

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