The Ashton Company Inc., under contract to the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), is nearing completion of the Kino Parkway and 22nd Street Intersection Improvement Project, and this weekend crews will begin shifting traffic to install the new traffic signals on 22nd Street and restripe the roadway. During this work, left turns in all directions at the Kino Parkway and 22nd Street intersection will not be allowed.
GRANT ROAD WIDENING PHASE II PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE NEXT WEEK - The City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) will host a public open house next Wednesday, 5:30-7 p.m., to discuss the widening of Grant Road. The meeting will be held at the Tucson Association of Realtors building, 2445 N. Tucson Boulevard, and there will be a brief presentation by the project team at 5:45 p.m. Staff from the City of Tucson's Office of Integrated Planning will discuss amending the Major Streets and Routes Plan (MSRP) to reflect the Grant Road widening alignment, from Oracle Road to Swan Road, approved by the Mayor and Tucson City Council in 2009. Staff will be available to answer questions regarding the MSRP and the amendment process. Grant Road Widening Phase II is from Stone Avenue to Park Avenue, and the design is 60 percent complete. Phase II construction is scheduled to begin in late 2015. Read the news release.
CITY WINS NATIONAL BUDGET AWARD - The City of Tucson is receiving national recognition, with an award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). The GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for Tucson's Office of Budget and Internal Audit reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the award, the City had to satisfy nationally-recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. Read the news release.
OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (ACA) BEGINS THIS WEEKEND - Saturday marks the start of a three-month period where people can enroll for health care under the Affordable Care Act (link below). Government leaders and nonprofits gathered yesterday to inform the public about open enrollment. "It’s one thing to say that health is important for individuals – and it is," said Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, "But health is also important for communities. There’s an economic cost to illness, to the person, their family, their employer, and their community." There are more than 100 health care plans available in Pima County. Read more from Tucson News Now.
TUCSON WATER IS PART OF CONSTRUCTION CAREER FAIR - More than 700 students from nearly 30 schools are meeting a variety of professionals during the two-day Southern Arizona Construction Career Days today and tomorrow. The event for high school students is hosted by the Arizona Transportation Builders Association and KE&G Construction. Tucson Water joins nearly 30 construction industry firms and contractors who will give students the opportunity to meet a variety of professionals and see displays and demonstrations related to careers in construction and infrastructure. The career fair is being held at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds. Read the news release.
REDUCE CLUTTER AND GO PAPERLESS WITH CITY E-BILLING - Go paperless with your Utility Services Statement. Set up an eBill account to pay your bill, get notification of your billing statement, view water usage, and read Tucson Water's newsletter.
Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the
City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), has begun crack
sealing several roadways throughout the City of Tucson. The work is
scheduled to be complete by Wednesday, November 26, 2014. Crews will be
working Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. This work
is part of the voter-approved $100 million, five-year street bond
program - Road Recovery. During this work, travel lane restrictions will
Crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division are crack sealing Miracle Mile from Romero Road to Oracle Road. Crews are working Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. The work is scheduled to be complete by Wednesday, November 19, 2014. At least one travel lane in each direction will be maintained during this work.
The traveling public can expect delays when driving in this work area. Please obey all traffic control signs and watch for construction personnel and equipment in the work area.
The public is invited to attend a Grant Road Widening Phase II design open house being hosted by the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA). The open house will take place on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tucson Association of Realtors, 2445 N. Tucson Boulevard. There will be a brief presentation by the project team at 5:45 p.m.
Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), has begun crack sealing several roadways throughout the City of Tucson. The work is scheduled to be complete by Wednesday, November 26, 2014. Crews will be working Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. This work is part of the voter-approved $100 million, five-year street bond program - Road Recovery. During this work, travel lane restrictions will be in place, however at least one lane of travel will be maintained.
TUCSON EXPLORING BIKE SHARE PROGRAM - The City of Tucson is exploring the feasibility of implementing a bike share system and is seeking input from the public. The City has launched an online survey and WikiMap to solicit comments. The survey allows the public to weigh in on the proposed program, while the WikiMap helps identify specific locations for stations. Bike share is a public transportation system where subscribers have access to a network of bicycles through automated self-service kiosks located throughout the community. More than 30 cities in the United States have existing bike share systems.
Tucson Bicycle & Pedestrian Program
COMMUNITY FORUMS CONTINUE TO DISCUSS HUD FUNDING - The City of Tucson and Pima County are hosting meetings this week to discuss community needs that can be addressed with annual entitlement funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City of Tucson receives approximately $8 million per year under various federal programs, including Community Development Block Grants. Public input received at these forums will be used to prepare the Fiscal Year 2016 City of Tucson/Pima County Five-Year Consolidated Plan, which will incorporate community needs, available resources, strategies, and priorities for the five-year period beginning on July 1, 2015. The meetings continue tonight, 5:30-7:30, at Ellie Towne Community Center, 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road. That meeting will discuss fair housing issues, while a meeting tomorrow will focus on homelessness. Tomorrow's meeting is from 9-10:30 a.m. at the West Side Police Station, 1310 N. Miracle Mile. Read the news release.
PARKS AND RECREATION CATALOG AVAILABLE NOW - Tucson Parks and Recreation's Spring 2015 Program Guide and Class Catalog is available at all Parks and Recreation facilities, including district offices, centers, and pools. Copies also will be available at the Family Festival in the Park event on Saturday (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) at Reid Park, or can be viewed online at the link below. The Program Guide has information on leisure classes, KIDCO after-school sites, aquatics, sports programs, registration, and the Discount Program. The 64-page booklet also has information on recreation centers, Reid Park Zoo, Tucson City Golf courses, and swimming pools. Registration opens Saturday for city residents and Monday for non-city residents.
Tucson Parks and Recreation website
HOW TO FIGHT THE FLU - Flu season is here and you may have already noticed people around you sniffling and sneezing. Tucson Fire Captain Barrett Baker and crew show you ways to brace yourself for the season, and it all starts with a flu vaccine.
USA TODAY READERS RANK REGION FOR BEST BIRDWATCHING - Southeastern Arizona finished in the top 10 of the USA Today 10 Best list of "Best Birdwatching," as chosen by readers. The website listing says, "The 'Sky Islands' of Southeastern Arizona are a magnet for birds. The most famous residents are the 15 species of hummingbirds - the highest diversity north of Mexico - visible from April to September." Read the list of "Best Birdwatching" from USA Today 10 Best. The City of Tucson's Sweetwater Wetlands attracts many different birds and serves as an environmental education facility for a variety of wildlife. See a list of birds found at Sweetwater.
Karin's Note: Friday, November 7th, 2014
- Did You Know?
Some recent items on Mayor/Council agendas have generated considerable community interest:
Some bus routes on detour due to parade
TUCSON, Ariz. - Sun Tran, Sun Express, Sun Shuttle, Sun Van and Sun Link will all operate on a regular weekday schedule for Veterans’ Day on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.
This Saturday is a Living History Day! 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
CITY SEEKING COMMENTS ON POSSIBLE CHARTER CHANGES - Tucson's Charter Review Committee is asking for public comments as it reviews and makes recommendations about possible amendments to sections of the Tucson City Charter. A public meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at City Hall (255 W. Alameda, 1st floor). Potential amendments to the City Charter may be on the Nov. 3, 2015 City ballot. All comments should be made via email to the City Clerk’s Office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
VISIT TUCSON OPENS TRADE OFFICE IN MEXICO - Visit Tucson yesterday opened its new Vamos a Tucson office in Hermosillo, Sonora. The office - in conjunction with the City of Tucson and Pima County - is intended to boost Mexican tourism to Pima County. It also will serve as an information hub for Mexican corporations and entrepreneurs seeking information about conducting business in Tucson and Pima County.
RIDE THE STREETCAR TO WEEKEND ACTIVITIES - This weekend is a big one in Tucson, with 2nd Saturdays Downtown, the 25th annual All Souls Procession, UA football and basketball, and Veterans Day activities. The Sun Link Tucson Streetcar will take you to the events via the University of Arizona, Main Gate Square, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, and the Mercado District. Riders can experience dining, entertainment, and retail opportunities along the nearly four-mile route. You can also park in one of the many garages downtown. The Pennington Street Garage is offering discounted parking fees for the football game only, when you ask for the "Park, Dine, and Ride" bundle, which includes a Sun Link Day Pass and parking. Tomorrow's game (part of Homecoming Weekend) against Colorado begins at 6 p.m., and the parking bundle is available beginning at noon.
UA Parking and Transportation football info
TESTING UNDERWAY FOR POTENTIAL NEW DAY PASSES FOR TRANSIT - The Sun Link Tucson Streetcar is testing a new day pass that is more resistant to heat and humidity than the current paper SunGo Day Pass. The test passes are from the Valley Transportation Authority in California and will have a different look than the current passes. Testing a limited supply (less than 2,000 tickets) will help determine how the passes react to validators on board the transit vehicles. If the tests are successful, the passes eventually could replace those currently in use. Send feedback on test passes to: email@example.com.
TRASH AND RECYCLING DELAYED A DAY NEXT WEEK FOR MANY CUSTOMERS - The Veterans Day holiday will be observed on Tuesday, Nov. 11, and residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on that day. All City of Tucson residential and commercial customers with Tuesday through Friday collections will have their trash and recycling services delayed by one day. The Los Reales Landfill will be open on Tuesday. Except for emergency services, all City of Tucson offices will be closed on Tuesday. Read the news release.
Did a study of the impact of closing Tucson mail processing center get lost in the mail?
Downtown Tucson will be the host of the annual Veterans Day Parade on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. The parade will stage on West Alameda Street between Granada Avenue and Manning House Way beginning at 9 a.m. The parade begins at 11 a.m., and proceeds east on West Alameda Street and turns north on Stone Avenue to Franklin Street, then turns west on Franklin Street to Church Avenue. At Church Avenue, the parade turns north to Sixth Street/ St. Mary’s Road, proceeds west on Sixth Street/ St. Mary’s Road, then turns south on Granada Avenue and ends at Franklin Street.