NewsNet 01-14-15

TUCSON JAZZ FESTIVAL BEGINS THIS WEEK - The inaugural Tucson Jazz Festival begins Friday, kicking off 13 days of jazz at Downtown Tucson venues and live music throughout the city every day of the week, through Jan. 28. Events include the free Downtown Jazz Fiesta on Martin Luther King Day, jazz brunches, master classes, and more.

TRAFFIC ADJUSTMENTS TO EASE FLOW INTO AND OUT OF DOWNTOWN TUCSON - Sixth Avenue is in the midst of improvements to move traffic more smoothly in the downtown area. As part of the changes, crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation will be installing underground conduit for the installation of new and permanent traffic signals at Sixth Avenue and Toole Avenue. The work will require the closure of the Sixth Avenue and Toole Avenue intersection from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., including the Sixth Avenue Underpass. The closure starts tonight, with additional closures tomorrow and next Monday through Wednesday. The Federal Transit Administration is funding the project, which will finalize the two-way conversion of Sixth Avenue from Seventh Street to Broadway. The work includes adding new traffic signals, sidewalks, and ADA accessible ramps at the intersections of Sixth Avenue and Toole Avenue, and Sixth Avenue and Pennington Street. It also includes new pavement, striping and signage along Sixth Avenue, from Toole Avenue to Broadway Boulevard. Read the news release.

IT'S NOT TOO LATE FOR 'MERRY MULCH' - The TreeCycle collection sites closed on Sunday, and the trees collected are being chipped. The free chips will continue to be available to residents at the Udall Park recycling area, Randolph Golf Course parking lot, and the Los Reales Landfill. The Merry Mulch/wood chips are organic mulch which you can use in your garden to discourage weeds, retain moisture and amend the soil. Bring your own container and take a little bit of the holidays home with you. Merry Mulch will be available until Jan. 31, or until the supply runs out.
City of Tucson Environmental Services

PUBLIC TRANSIT ON NORMAL SCHEDULE MONDAY  - Even though Monday is the official Martin Luther King government holiday, transit in Tucson will not be affected. Sun Tran buses and the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar will operate on their normal schedules, while Monday also marks the beginning of the new regular streetcar schedule. To better accommodate periods of high ridership, the schedule modifications decrease frequency at the start of service both during the week and on the weekends, but increase frequency by five minutes most evenings and on Saturdays. You can see the changes here.

FOLLOW THE PROGRESS ON THE DOWNTOWN LINKS PROJECT - The City of Tucson and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) have a Downtown Links website to give citizens information and updates on one of the largest transportation projects in Tucson. The $76 million project will result in a four-lane roadway north of the Union Pacific Railroad that will link Barraza-Aviation Parkway and Interstate 10, Broadway Boulevard with 4th Avenue, and downtown with the neighborhoods to the north. Downtown Links also will provide alternate access to downtown, new and safer underpasses and railroad crossings, and improved sidewalks and bike paths.