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Arbor Day Grant Awarded to Sonora Environmental Research Institute

The Arbor Day Foundation recently awarded the local nonprofit Sonora Environmental Research Institute, Inc. (SERI) a $50,000 grant from Bank of America.

The funds will be used by SERI in partnership with Tucson Water and Tucson Clean & Beautiful/Trees for Tucson to bolster its local efforts to increase the tree canopy in low-income neighborhoods in the community. This helps mitigate urban heat island effects resulting from climate change.

Houghton Road Improvement Project, Traffic Switch

Base paving operations on the west side of Houghton Road from the Union Pacific Railroad south to Interstate 10 are complete. Crews from Borderland Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), are scheduled to shift traffic on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from the east side of Houghton road to the newly paved west side of Houghton Road.

The traffic switch is scheduled to occur at about 9 a.m. Once traffic has been shifted, crews will begin improvements on the east side of Houghton Road.

Tucson Repeats as National Winner in Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation

For the second year in a row, Tucson was named one of five national winners in the 8th annual Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation. The month-long campaign during April promotes public awareness about the importance of water and encourages people to think about their consumption practices.

Traffic Alert: Traffic Signal Improvements at Various Locations

The Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) this week is upgrading signals at intersections throughout the community with flashing yellow left turn arrows to improve safety. Research indicates that left-turn collisions are reduced with flashing yellow arrows. During a flashing left turn arrow, motorists should yield to oncoming motorists and bicyclists, yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, and proceed with caution when turning left.

Traffic Signal Improvements - Flashing Yellow Arrow

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 14, 2019 – 22nd Street/Kolb Road intersection
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – Broadway/Kolb Road intersection
Thursday, May 16, 2019 – Kolb Road/Grant Road/Tanque Verde Road intersection

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