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Traffic Signal Improvements - Campbell Ave and Glenn St


On Thursday, June 18, 2020, crews from Next Generation Electrical, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM), are scheduled to replace traffic signal heads with upgraded signals to accommodate flashing yellow left turn arrows at the intersection of Campbell Avenue and Glenn Street.   

Work at the intersection will take place from about 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Bighorn Fire Continues to Grow in Acreage and Containment

As of this morning, June 16, the Bighorn Fire in the Coronado National Forest has grown to more than 15,800 acres and is 30% contained. The "Set" warning notices from last night are still in effect.

Crews took advantage of favorable weather conditions last night to conduct burnout operations on the northeast portion of the fire near the Trico powerline corridor. Catalina Highway remains closed to the public at milepost zero. Only residents and business owners may pass. Campgrounds on Mount Lemmon also are closed.

Get Tested for COVID-19

With the number of COVID-19 cases continuing to rise to record levels in Arizona, state testing is ramping up. Policies and procedures for patient criteria, billing, and preregistration requirements vary by site, and many tests are free.

Please call or visit a testing location's website for more information. Follow this link for a list of testing sites.

Follow CDC Guidelines When Swimming

As temperatures are expected to remain above the 100-degree mark in Tucson this week and into the weekend, stay safe as you enjoy a trip to the pool. Following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance while enjoying the pool can help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Guidelines include staying 6 feet away from people who do not live with you, staying home if you are not feeling well, limiting the sharing of pool toys and equipment, and using cloth face coverings when not in the water.

Sandbags Available as Summer Thunderstorm Season Begins

The monsoon officially began today, at least for recordkeeping purposes at the National Weather Service, and the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) is helping people prepare for the summer rainy season by offering free sandbags.

As part of Operation Splash, a self-serve sandbag site is open in the east parking lot of Hi Corbett Field, 700 S. Randolph Way, at Reid Park. This location is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

City of Tucson Receives Federal Grant for Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Study

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced last week that it awarded the City of Tucson $950,000 to support a comprehensive planning project to improve access to public transportation. The funds are from FTA’s Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning, which assists communities that are developing new or expanded mass transit systems.

RTA 2020 'Our Mobility' Report Now Available

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) recently published "Our Mobility," a June 2020 report on the progress of more than 860 plan projects that were completed through March 2020. These projects have helped widen roadways, expand transit services, improve safety, and more.

The report shows the timeline of various projects, features maps and photos, and has a listing of bikeway, path, and sidewalk improvements.

City Recruiting Assistant Public Defender

The City of Tucson is seeking an assistant public defender to advise indigent clients on a wide range of direct and collateral consequences of criminal prosecution. This is a one-year, grant-funded position and/or a full-time position.

A public defender works under the supervision of senior and experienced attorneys. Duties include defending clients in City Court, performing pretrial functions, and assisting with administrative duties.

Operation Splash Begins


Protecting the traveling public on City streets during Tucson’s summer thunderstorm season is the objective of the Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility’s (DTM) Operation Splash campaign. As weather patterns shift to bring moisture into Tucson, crews from DTM’s Streets Maintenance Division have delivered barricades to hundreds of dip crossings throughout the City.

Paul's Note - June 12, 2020

Unfortunately, Arizona is now among the places where COVID-19 is spreading the fastest. We were warned about this, and it is one of the reasons why I pushed so hard to use a portion of CARES Act money for a testing and plasma program.

My colleagues and I have adopted a strategic plan to use the CARES Act money. The $95 million federal allocation will be spent on things from support for small business to aid for families that are facing eviction due to economic dislocation.


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