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Downtown Road Closures for Fiber Optic Line Work

On Monday, March 31, 2014, contractors for CenturyLink will be installing new fiber optic lines through existing manholes in the Downtown area. The work will take place from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day. During this time, Scott Avenue will be closed from Broadway to Alameda Street and Pennington Street will be closed from Stone Avenue to Sixth Avenue.

Motorists driving in this area may experience traffic delays associated with this work so please plan accordingly.  The traveling public should use caution when driving, bicycling or walking in this area. 

Karin's Budget Note: Tuesday, March 25, 2014



Dear Tucsonans,

On February 7th I shared these thoughts with you regarding the City’s budget:

…The administration and management of Parks and Recreation offers an example of a place to start with that savings approach. Let me first emphasize that the Department employs close to 500 people; collectively they work hard and offer great service to Tucson. In fact, the average Parks employee deserves a revamp of the management and administration of Parks and Recreation just as I believe the public does.

Pantano Road Closure at Tanque Verde Road Overpass

Southbound Pantano Road just north of the Tanque Verde Overpass will be temporarily closed on Friday, March 21, 2014 from 9 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m. The closure of the single lane roadway will allow crews from the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division to safely remove and replace a streetlight pole.

The narrow width of the roadway does not allow for enough room to accommodate both the equipment needed to complete the work and motor vehicle traffic.

Tom Quesnel

Mayor Rothschild is requesting that we fly our flags at half staff, in honor of Tom Quesnel, TFD investigator that passed away from cancer.  This notice begins today, 3/17, ending at sunset on Friday, 3/21.  Funeral services are pending.

Grande Avenue - Congress Street to Starr Pass Boulevard Roadway Improvements

On Tuesday, March 18, 2014 crews from Granite Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin work to improve the roadway conditions on Grande Avenue from Congress Street to Starr Pass Boulevard.  This project is part of the $100 million, five-year street bond program - Road Recovery. The Road Recovery program is funded by voter-approved bonds.

Crews will work Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The project is scheduled to be complete by Friday, March 28, 2014.

Grande Avenue - Congress Street to Starr Pass Boulevard Roadway ImprovementsHoughton Road: Intestate 10 to Dawn Road Resurfacing

On Sunday, March 16, 2014, crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin milling (removing) asphalt and repaving Houghton Road from Interstate 10 to Dawn Road, near the Pima County Fairgrounds.

To minimize the impact on the traveling public, crews will be working from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. until the project is complete, which is on Friday, March 21, 2014.

First Responders Recognition and Response to Autism Training

On a daily basis, police officers, fire fighters and other first responders encounter a multitude of individuals in emergency situations. Just as each emergency differs from the next, so does the individual involved, especially in regards to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In response to community concerns, the Tucson Alliance for Autism is offering training for both First Responders and Teens/Young Adults with ASD.

Tucson Police to share more of their "typically unseen" work

The Tucson Police Department is using its Facebook and Twitter pages to highlight some of the work it does that often goes unnoticed by the public. In a posting on Facebook, TPD says it "will be highlighting Department related events, activities, and providing more crime prevention information; but most notably will be our effort to highlight the work typically unseen by the public.

Downtown Links: St. Mary's Road Travel Lane Restrictions

On Monday, March 10, 2014, St. Mary’s Road will be reduced to one travel lane in each direction from the westbound I-10 frontage road to Church Avenue.  This restriction will be in place while the contractor completes street lighting and landscape installation. This work is scheduled to be complete at the end of this month.

Left turn movements at the intersection of Granada Avenue and St. Mary’s Road will be maintained. Access to Davis Elementary Road will be maintained, as well as all side street access.

Old Pueblo Gran Prix - Travel Information

On Saturday, March 8, 2014, Downtown Tucson will host the Fourth Annual Old Pueblo Grand Prix. The first of four races begins at 3:15 p.m. and utilizes Church Avenue, Pennington Street, Stone Avenue, Council Street, Meyer Avenue, and Washington Street. There will be a “Fan Fair” located at Jacome Plaza in front of the Main Library. More information on the Old Pueblo Grand Prix may be found at Below is the vehicular travel restrictions associated with this event.


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