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Escalante Road - Wilmot Road to Kolb Road Repaving Project

Lowering manhole covers and water valve covers on Escalante Road from Wilmot Road to Kolb Road will begin on Thursday, August 11, 2016, weather permitting. Once the utility covers are lowered, crews from Borderland Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin removing asphalt and prepping the subgrade for paving. Crews will work Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, with some Saturday work planned.

Heavy Rain Hits Tucson and Makes National News

Heavy rain associated with Tropical Storm Javier flooded parts of Tucson this morning, leaving several cars stranded and in need of help from the Tucson Fire Department (TFD) as fast-moving currents quickly swamped roads and flooded underpasses and washes. More than 2 inches of rain was reported in some parts of the city. As TFD stresses during thunderstorms, "Turn Around, Don't Drown."

Tucson City Council Hears About Capital Needs and More

City Manager Michael Ortega yesterday held a retreat with the Mayor and Tucson City Council to begin discussions of goals, focus, and capital reinvestment needs for city infrastructure. Goals for the coming year include employee compensation and retention, economic development, and customer service.

The city needs about $1.2 billion to reinvest in parks, public safety, and road repair.

Yesterday's retreat was the initial discussion on capital reinvestment needs. City leaders will invite stakeholders to help prioritize the needs list.

Birding Festival This Week

The sixth annual Southeast Arizona Birding Festival runs this Thursday through Monday, Aug. 11-15. Hosted by the Tucson Audubon Society, the festival based at Arizona Riverpark Inn, 777 W. Cushing St., will include field trips to more than 20 bird-watching hotspots in the region, workshops, presentations by speakers, and social gatherings. There is a $15 registration fee and additional fees for field trips and other activities.

Tucson Water Wins Award

Tucson Water is the winner of the "Utility of the Future Today" joint recognition program. The program, created by the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, and WateReuse, with support from the EPA, acknowledges industry leaders in resource recovery, watershed protection, culture change, and community partnering.

Caterpillar Executive Says Incentives and Government Hospitality Lured Company to Tucson

During a time of company downsizing, Caterpillar says it chose Tucson to relocate a division to rebuild and grow it's core business. In an interview with the Arizona Daily Star, Caterpillar Inc. Vice President Tom Bluth said local governments were a major reason Tucson was selected for the new site.

Help Tucson Get a Grip on Graffiti

The swift reporting and abatement of graffiti discourages future vandalism, so when you see graffiti report it immediately. Graffiti Protective Coatings and the City of Tucson have a smartphone application for reporting graffiti. MyTucson is a free download on the iOS App Store and Google Play for Android. You can also report graffiti by emailing, or calling (520)792-2489 and choosing option 1.

Speedway Boulevard/Stone Avenue Intersection Reconstruction Progressing

Road workers are working two shifts (24 hours a day) Sundays through Fridays as part of the Stone Avenue-Drachman Street to First Street Roadway Improvement Project. Crews from KE&G Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), have started reconstructing the Speedway Boulevard and Stone Avenue intersection. Weather permitting, the work is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 22.

Pokémon GO Safari Nights at Reid Park Zoo This Weekend

Come and catch Pokémon at Reid Park Zoo tomorrow, 7-10 p.m. Trainers can capture Pokémon, meet other players, and learn tips and tricks from local Pokémon GO pros. Meanwhile, guests can enjoy music, face painting, caricatures, and more. Lures will be activated in the Pokémon GO app at several different locations in the Zoo approximately every 30 minutes.

Regular admission prices apply, but dress in Pokémon cosplay and get discounted member prices, even if you’re not a member of the Zoo.


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