Work on 54-Inch Water Pipeline Will Close Columbus Boulevard at Two Locations

Beginning Monday, Columbus Boulevard will be closed from Edison Street south to Hampton Circle (south of Grant Road) and from Speedway south to 2nd Street for work to repair a 54-inch Prestressed Concrete Cylinder Pipeline. Each affected road section is approximately two blocks.

Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are asked to use additional caution and be prepared for delays and detours in the area. Work is expected to last about two weeks.

Message boards for traffic are active near both locations.

Tucson Police Department Offers Tips to Prevent Auto Thefts

With the holiday season upon us, the Tucson Police Department (TPD) reminds you to lock your car doors while out shopping. Keep valuables/packages out of sight and be aware of your surroundings.

To help combat the theft problem, TPD produced a video (link below) on how to protect your vehicle and the what's inside of it.

Watch the video on TPD Facebook page.

Wounded Officer Released From Hospital

Tucson Police Officer Jorge “George” Tequida was released from the hospital yesterday afternoon and will continue his recovery at home. Tequida was critically injured last week after being shot by a suspect he was trying to arrest on Tucson's south side. He was shot in the shoulder, and the round went through his arm and into his chest.

Tucson Roadrunners Host Teddy Bear Toss

The Tucson Roadrunners are encouraging hockey fans to bring teddy bears to tomorrow's 7:05 p.m. game against the Ontario Reign at the Tucson Arena. After the Roadrunners' first goal, fans are being asked to throw the stuffed animals on the ice. All of the bears collected from the Teddy Bear Toss will be donated to Tucson children and families in need. Please make sure you bring your teddy bear wrapped in plastic to keep it dry when it hits the ice.

Southbound Rosemont Boulevard Lane Closure

Southbound Rosemont Boulevard from Speedway Boulevard to Fifth Street will be closed to travel tomorrow from approximately 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Due to the narrow width of that section of Rosemont, the lane will be closed so crews can safely prepare the roadway for asphalt paving. Northbound travel on Rosemont will not be affected during this work.

The roadway improvements on Rosemont from Speedway Boulevard to Winsett Street began earlier this month. Crews are working weekdays, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Improvements to Rosemont Boulevard are scheduled to be completed later this month.

Find Out What's Happening In Tucson

When our temperatures drop, the Tucson Department of Transportation goes into Operation Freeze mode; a grand opening on the south side has guests walking the red carpet; and the Tucson Fire Department has tips to keep your holidays safe and festive. Those stories are featured in the latest edition of In Tucson, produced by Tucson 12.


Entry Fees Increasing at Saguaro National Park

The new year will bring higher vehicle entrance fees at Saguaro National Park. Starting Jan. 3, the fee will be $15 per vehicle, a $5 increase from the current rate. Park officials say the extra revenue from the fee increase will be used to address deferred maintenance needs.

Entrance fees for private vehicles at the park haven't been raised since 2005. Annual passes, commercial permits, wilderness camping permits, walk-in, and bicycle permit fees won't change. Motorcycle permits will remain at $10.