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Volunteers Needed to Prune Rose Bushes at Reid Park Rose Garden

Tucson Parks and Recreation and the Friends of the Reid Park Rose Garden are seeking volunteers to help prune 650 rose bushes on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 9 a.m.-noon at the Reid Park Rose Garden, 920 S. Concert Place. Volunteers should bring clippers, gloves, and rakes if they have them.

The Tucson Rose Society will conduct a 9 a.m. demonstration on how to prune roses. For more information, email Anne Andrews at andrewsanne@hotmail.com.

Houghton Road Improvement Project Begins - Union Pacific Railroad To Interstate 10

On Monday, January 7, 2019, work will begin to improve Houghton Road from the Union Pacific Railroad south to Interstate 10. Borderland Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation, will begin the project with the placement of  concrete barriers along the west side of the existing Houghton Road travel lanes. 

Crews will then start the underground utility improvements and roadway construction on the west side of Houghton Road, while maintaining the current travel lanes on the existing roadway.

Paul's Note - January 4, 2019

It’s time for Tucson’s annual Senior Olympic Festival. It’s the 35th year that Tucson Parks and Recreation has put this festival to promote fitness, health, and an active lifestyle among adults 50 years of age and older.

This year’s “headquarters” for the festival will be Udall Park, which will also be hosting the opening ceremony at the amphitheater.

Traffic Alert: Ajo Way Storm Grate Modifications At Sixth Avenue

On Monday, January 7, 2019, Southern Arizona Paving and Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation, will begin work to improve the at-grade storm grates on Ajo Way just east of Sixth Avenue. Work will take place Monday through Thursday, from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The project is scheduled to be complete in mid-February. At least one lane of traffic in each direction will be open during this work.  Message boards are in place to notify the traveling public of the upcoming restrictions. 

Sun Link Extends Hours on New Year's Eve

On New Year’s Eve, Tucsonans can count on Sun Link to be the designated driver and provide a safe ride while they ring in the New Year at venues along the streetcar line. Sun Link will extend service hours on Monday, December 31 until 2 a.m. for those celebrating within the districts, including Main Gate Square, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, and Mercado District.

Streetcar service will run on a Sunday schedule on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with service every 20 minutes. Regular Sun Link service hours will resume on Wednesday, January 2.

Paul's Note - December 28, 2018

I’m keeping this week’s newsletter short given our holiday schedule. Still, I’d like to give a shout out to the firefighters at Tucson Fire’s Station 9, which serves the area around Craycroft and 22nd Street.

Some of you may have caught the story on KGUN over the weekend. 96 year-old Clarence Ellquist fell off a ladder while doing work in his yard. Firefighters responded and he was treated for a concussion and a nasty cut.

Tucson Department of Transportation Initiates Operation Freeze

Beginning at approximately 1 p.m. Friday, December 28, 2018, crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division will initiate Operation Freeze in preparation of freezing overnight temperatures. Operation Freeze is put into place to make sure City bridge decks are free of ice and safe for motorists to drive over.

Tucson Department Of Transportation Initiates Operation Freeze

Beginning at approximately 1 p.m. Friday, December 28, 2018, crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division will initiate Operation Freeze in preparation of freezing overnight temperatures. Operation Freeze is put into place to make sure City bridge decks are free of ice and safe for motorists to drive over. 
 

Saguaro National Park Accessible to Public during Government Shutdown

During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. Park roads and trails at Saguaro National Park will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited.

There will be no NPS-provided visitor services at Saguaro National Park, including public information, restrooms, trash collection, and facilities or roads maintenance. Both Visitor Centers are closed.

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