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Alvernon Way - Pima Street to Speedway Boulevard

Weekend Southbound Travel Lane Closure

The southbound curb travel lane on Alvernon Way is closed to traffic from Pima Street to Speedway Boulevard throughout the weekend. Due to equipment malfunction, only half of the travel lane was milled leaving an uneven asphalt surface. For the safety of the traveling public, the lane will be closed until mid-morning Monday, March 14, 2016. Residential and business access will be maintained during the weekend closure. Motorists are urged to use caution while driving in the area. 

Arizona's Unemployment Rate Falls

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Arizona fell three-tenths of a point in January, to 5.6 percent, when compared to the same period last year. The Arizona Department of Administration reports there were 83,200 more people working in the private sector in January than a year earlier. That is a 3.8 percent annual increase.

Retail trade employment is up 4 percent year over year, with a 5.5 percent boost in people working in the financial sector, from selling insurance to mortgages. Bars and restaurants employed 8,300 more people in January than they did the prior year.

Downtown to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Early

The 29th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival will be held this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Armory Park. The parade begins at 11 a.m., featuring floats, marchers, military units, local dignitaries, and civic, cultural, and social groups.

Following the parade, there will be a party with Irish food, drink, and music.

Organizers expect about 5,000 people to attend the festivities.

Tucson Festival of Books this Weekend

The annual Tucson Festival of Books will be held Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the campus of the University of Arizona. The festival features more than 350 authors and panelists, 250 exhibitors, and opportunities to meet famous authors, poets, writers and journalists. There will be book signings, panel discussions, live entertainment, food vendors, children's activities, Science City, and dozens of free activities for all ages.

Sweetwater Wetlands Controlled Burn Tomorrow

As part of a joint project to enhance Tucson Water’s Mosquito Abatement Program at the Sweetwater Wetlands and provide a firefighting exercise for the Tucson Fire Department, the two City departments are planning a controlled burn of Wetlands vegetation. Weather permitting, the burn is scheduled to begin Friday at 8:30 a.m. at 2667 W. Sweetwater Drive. As in years past, there will be smoke in the area and there's no cause for alarm.

Wards 1 and 5 Host Budget Forum

Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega and Chief Financial Officer Joyce Garland will provide the public with a budget update during a meeting on Tuesday, March 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the El Pueblo Senior Center, 101 W. Irvington Road. Despite a hiring freeze, an early retirement incentive, and other cost cutting measures, Tucson still has a projected $25 million deficit for the new fiscal year that begins July 1.

Road Bond Project to Repave Section of Kolb Road

Beginning Monday morning, Kolb Road from Golf Links Road to approximately one-half mile north of Valencia Road will be repaved. Crews will work Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. milling (removing asphalt) and repaving. During this work at least one travel lane in each direction will be maintained. Once the paving work is done, crews will adjust the manhole covers and water valve covers flush with the new asphalt. Business and residential access will be maintained at all times during the project, except when heavy equipment is directly in front of a driveway.

Meet Tucson's Birds with New Map

The new Tucson Birding Trail Map is now available. The free map shows the 45 best locations in and around Tucson for finding wild birds. The sites include a range of mountain, desert, and wetland locations, each with its own variety of species. The map is available online and at a variety of Tucson Audubon and Tucson Parks and Recreation department locations.

Fords on Fourth

Fourth Avenue will be the host of the annual Fords on Fourth Car Show on Sunday, March 13, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Further information about the Fords on Fourth may be found at www.fourthavenue.org. Below are the vehicular travel restrictions associated with this event.

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