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Operation Splash 2019

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

Beginning Monday, June 3, 2019, through Friday, June 7, 2019, at about 6:30 a.m. each day, TDOT crews will deliver more than 500 barricades to approximately 150 dip crossings throughout the City.

Free Swim and Recreation this Summer

The City of Tucson invites kids ages 17 and under to beat the heat at City pools and recreation centers for free this summer. Throughout June and July, youth will pay no admission fee at 13 City of Tucson Parks and Recreation centers during open recreation hours

Due to other center programming, ages 12-17 are permitted after 2 p.m. and ages 7 and up are permitted after 6 p.m. A list of participating recreation centers can be found at

Traffic Signal Improvements - Various Locations

Crews from Next Generation Electrical, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will work on the following days at the listed intersection locations to replace traffic signal heads with upgraded signals to accommodate flashing yellow left turn arrows.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 – 22nd Street/Wilmot Road intersection
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 – Romero Road/Prince Road intersection
Thursday, May 30, 2019 – River Road/Oracle Road intersection

Weekly Update - May 24, 2019

In last week’s update, I mentioned that the Palo Verde Park Neighborhood Association is working with the Pima Animal Care Center to put on a free microchip event for dogs. This will be at Arizona Beer House (150 S Kolb Road, near Broadway) on June 1st from 8 – 10 am.

The American Kennel Club states that every year, one third of dogs will become lost. Microchipping them goes a long way to help ensure that your dog will get back to you safely.

Free Summer Meals for Kids Starting Next Week

The Summer Food Services Program for Children provides free weekday breakfast and lunch during the summer break to children 18 and under. Parents and guardians are invited to eat with their children at a cost of $2 for breakfast and $3 for lunch (exact change requested). The meals are served in school cafeterias or in designated eating areas of the non-school sites.

The program runs May 28-July 17, but no meals will be served on July 4. Dates of service and meal times vary by location and are subject to change. 

Free By Mail: Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert Booklet

Tucson Water and the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA) offer Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert, a guide to help residents create an attractive, water-efficient landscape. Plants listed include trees, shrubs, groundcovers, vines, cacti, and more. The plants featured were selected by landscape professionals and are drought hardy, tolerant of heat and cold, and adapted to our soil conditions.

City Hiring Electronics Technicians

The City of Tucson is seeking electronics technicians to work in its Environmental & General Services Department. Duties include helping troubleshoot, repair, and maintain electronics communications systems owned by the City of Tucson.

This includes public safety communications, digital trunked radio systems, and fiber optic and microwave networks. The position is subject to on-call, weekends, and holidays as needed.


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