NewsNet 03-12-15

TUCSON TO FIX MORE ROADS UNDER BOND PROGRAM - The Mayor and Tucson City Council is expected to vote next month on hundreds of extra miles of additional street repairs under the Road Recovery bond program. Planned preservation and restoration work under the bond is both ahead of schedule and $11.7 million under budget, due to lower gas prices and favorable bids. Recommendations for additional road work have been made by staff and approved by the citizens committee. "I’m proud of staff, our citizens advisory committee, and our City Council for keeping the focus on engineering, not politics, in prioritizing what streets receive what pavement treatment, and when," said Mayor Jonathan Rothschild at a news conference with TDOT Director Daryl Cole.
Bond Oversight Commission Annual Report

CITY POTHOLE REPAIR PROGRESSING - The City of Tucson's Department of Transportation (TDOT) reports that it filled 13,300 potholes between Feb. 3 and March 5. Following storms that damaged many roads, TDOT crews have been working six days a week, with 85 percent of the Streets & Traffic Maintenance Division dedicated to pothole repairs. You can report potholes to TDOT, (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to tdotsr@tucsonaz.gov.

RIDE PUBLIC TRANSIT TO WEEKEND EVENTS - If you plan to attend the Tucson Festival of Books or 2nd Saturdays Downtown this weekend, ride a Sun Tran bus or the Sun Link streetcar. Sun Tran has regularly-scheduled service to the University of Arizona and the downtown area, providing a convenient and cost-effective travel option.

TUCSON’S CONSERVE TO ENHANCE (C2E) PROGRAM 2015 GRANT CYCLE UNDERWAYC2E, which links water conservation with watershed restoration, is accepting applications for projects that directly benefit Tucson’s washes and riparian areas. Previous grant recipients/projects include Atturbury Wash, Palo Verde Neighborhood, and Henry Elementary School. Applications are due April 13. For more Information on the grant process, visit the Tucson Water Conserve2Enhance (C2E) page.

NEED HELP STARTING OR EXPANDING A BUSINESS IN TUCSON? CALL THE SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE LINE - The City of Tucson's Small Business Assistance Line, (520) 837-4100, is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Help is available in both English and Spanish. Staff from the City Manager's Office of Economic Initiatives answer the calls. The Small Business Assistance Line is one of a number of City initiatives, along with 21 business incentives and streamlined permit processes, to make Tucson a business-friendly city.