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Houghton Road Project Open House

The City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) invite you to attend a public meeting to learn about the Houghton Road projects currently in construction or design. These projects are part of the overall plan to improve Houghton Road from Tanque Verde Road to Interstate 10 and part of the voter-approved $2.1 billion RTA plan.

The open house will be Thursday, May 16, 6 to 7:30 pm (Drop by any time) at Secrist Middle School, 3400 S Houghton Road

Overall improvements planned for the corridor project include:

Paul's Note - May 3, 2019

Many of you remember between 2013 and 2016, there was work being done on Houghton Road, especially between 22nd Street and Broadway. I made sure to give all of you constant updates on the work being done there.

After that phase of the project was complete, you weren’t hearing much news about it, at least not from me. Work has still been going, just much further south of us. Work on a bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks south of Tucson was completed earlier this year and the section between that bridge and I-10 is currently ongoing.

Traffic Alert: Broadway and Wilmot Signal Work Tomorrow

The traffic signals at the Broadway Boulevard and Wilmot Road intersection will not be in operation tomorrow, May 2, as crews replace underground conduit and wiring. The work will begin at 9 a.m. and is expected to be completed by 4 p.m. the same day. The schedule could change due to unforeseen circumstances.

Police officers will direct travel through the intersection until the work is finished. You can expect delays when driving in the work zone. Please obey all traffic control signs and watch for construction personnel in the area.

I-11 Draft Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement Public Hearing Notice

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is conducting an environmental study to identify a potential 280-mile corridor for the proposed Interstate 11 (I-11) corridor between Nogales and Wickenburg. The Tier 1 environmental review process considers a wide range of Build Corridor Alternatives and the No-Build (do nothing) Alternative.

Balboa Heights Outdoor Movie Night This Week

Bring your blanket, chair, and snacks to the outdoor movie night showing of Smallfoot on Friday, May 3. The 6-9 p.m. event will be held at the Marty Birdman Center in Balboa Heights Park, 2536 N. Castro Ave.

Presented by Tucson Parks and Recreation, the family-friendly event will have free popcorn, snow cones, and pre-movie activities. The movie will begin at sunset.

For more information, call 520-791-5950. 

City Hiring Human Resources Analyst

The City of Tucson's Human Resources department is seeking a qualified human resources professional to join its Classification and Compensation Unit. This position performs job analyses, prepares job announcements, and updates job descriptions. A human resources analyst will also conduct the recruitment process, develop applicant screening and selection devices, evaluate applications and resumes, oversee interview panels, and conduct reference checks.

Broadway and Wilmot Road Traffic Signal Rewire

On Thursday, May 2, 2019, the traffic signals at the Broadway and Wilmot Road intersection will not be in operation as crews replace underground conduit and wiring.

The work will begin at 9 a.m. and is anticipated to be complete by 4 p.m. the same day. This schedule could change due to unforeseen circumstances.

Police officers will direct travel through the intersection until the work is complete. The traveling public can expect delays when driving in this work area. Please obey all traffic control signs and watch for construction personnel in the area.

22nd Annual El Día de San Juan Fiesta

The 2019 Día de San Juan Fiesta is officially happening this summer! This year, Tucson Water and the Día De San Juan Coalition are joining forces to create a unique 3 part event celebrating water in the desert. The event will start with the launching of the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project in Barrio Santa Cruz, then go on to the traditional procession through Barrio Sin Nombre and end with a big Fiesta at the MSA Annex. This celebration will feature live music, food, arts & crafts vendors, games, activities for children, and more!

Traffic Alert: Speedway Boulevard and Camino Seco Traffic Work

The traffic signals at the intersection of Speedway Boulevard and Camino Seco will not be in operation tomorrow, April 30, as crews replace the underground conduit and wiring. The work is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and is expected to be completed by 4 p.m. the same day.

Police officers will direct traffic through the intersection until the work is finished. Expect delays when driving in this area. Watch for construction personnel and obey all traffic control signs in the work zone. 

Read the news release.

Learn About Future Parks Projects

Ward 1 Tucson City Council Member Regina Romero and the Tucson Parks and Recreation department invite you to actively participate in a discussion of Tucson Delivers: Parks + Connections Bond projects and planning for the future of Joaquin Murrieta Park and El Rio Park.

The public meeting is tomorrow, April 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at El Rio Neighborhood Center, Multipurpose Room, 1390 W. Speedway Blvd. 

National Mayors' Challenge for Water Conservation Ends Tomorrow

Tucson is still in first place in its population category in the Wyland Foundation’s 2019 National Mayors' Challenge for Water Conservation. Continuing through tomorrow, April 30, residents in cities across the nation are pledging to save water and other natural resources in a friendly competition to win eco-friendly prizes.

National Air Quality Awareness Week

April 29-May 4 is National Air Quality Awareness Week, and the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality’s (PDEQ) Clean Air Program is encouraging everyone to think about the air and take actions to improve air quality during the dedicated week. Individuals willing to make a change in their transportation habits can take PDEQ’s pledge to drive less for a chance to win prizes, including a $100 gift card.

Tucson Local First Arizona Roadshow Starts Wednesday

The new Local First Arizona Roadshow is a monthly series in Tucson celebrating strong local economies one neighborhood at a time. The Roadshow is the first of its kind and launches on Wednesday, May 1. Dedicated Gluten-Free Bakery and Coffee Shop and Unscrewed Theater are partners in the event.

There will be an opportunity to make business connections and enjoy many activities for the entire family, including live music, food trucks, cake, a bouncy castle, and more. Wednesday's event runs 4-7 p.m. at 4500 E. Speedway Blvd.

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