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Another Webinar Scheduled for ‘Navigating the Impacts of COVID-19 for Small Businesses’

The City of Tucson's Office of Economic Initiatives is inviting local businesses to join a free webinar Monday, May 11, from 3-4 p.m., on the latest help for small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Next week's webinar will feature public health expert Dr. Omar A. Contreras, who will help guide us through the reopening of our economy.

Houghton Road Fog Seal Travel Restrictions

Crews under contract with the Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) continue to crack seal/fog seal various roadways throughout the City. Early Friday and Saturday mornings, May 8-9, between 3-6 a.m., the Houghton Road intersections at 22nd Street, Broadway Boulevard, Valencia Road, and Irvington Road will be closed to through travel so crews can complete fog sealing work in the middle of the intersections.

Tucson City Council Approves Million for Small Business and Community Assistance

The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday, May 5, approved $5.5 million in funding for Tucson Mayor Regina Romero’s We Are One/Somos Uno Resiliency Fund. The money will be distributed as grants, with $3 million earmarked to assist individuals and families, $2 million for small business assistance, and $500,000 for nonprofits. Decisions regarding the administration and qualifications of the program will be decided at a future Mayor and Council meeting.

Sun Link Changes Some Service Hours for Route Maintenance

Sun Link will end service hours at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 7; Monday, May 11; and Wednesday, May 13; so that maintenance can be performed along parts of the streetcar route. On these days, streetcar service will run from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Passengers are encouraged to plan ahead and complete their trip prior to 8 p.m. on these dates. The maintenance includes crack sealing, fog sealing, and new striping on both Fourth Avenue and University Boulevard.

Sun Link is currently operating on a summer schedule.  

Arizona Southeast Birding Festival Canceled

The Tucson Audubon Society's Southeast Arizona Birding Festival, an annual event held in August, has been canceled due to uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 crisis.

The society will be offering free special classes with its Southeast Arizona Birding Festival partners using the Zoom platform. Topics include birding tips, optics, photography, birding travel, beginning birding, and more.

Some new online classes have had as many as 65 participants. Follow the link above for more information and updates.

Virtual Planning and Development Services

City of Tucson Planning and Development Services (PDSD) has been working for more than two years to move our application submittals and other customer services online to make it easier for our customers to do business with us, modernize our processes, and improve review turnaround times and other services our customers rely on. So when Mayor Regina Romero announced on March 17 that all City of Tucson facilities would be closed to the public in order to protect public health in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we had an existing framework for online operations to build on.  

Prop 101 Crack Seal/Fog Seal Project - University Boulevard - Fourth Ave to Euclid Ave

An upcoming crack seal/fog seal project that will take place on University Boulevard between Fourth Avenue and Euclid Avenue as part of the voter-approved Prop 101 Tucson Delivers Better Streets Program.

Crack sealing work will take place on Thursday, May 7, 2020 and fog sealing work will take place on Monday, May 11, 2020.

Crews will work 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. both nights.


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