NewsNet 03-16-15

GRANT ROAD REHAB TO BEGIN THIS MONTH - Beginning March 30, the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) will begin resurfacing Grant Road between Columbus Boulevard and Santa Rita Avenue. The work is expected to be completed by April 20. While Grant is scheduled to be completely rebuilt as part of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) plan, that work is still four to seven years away. Concerned that the road is rapidly deteriorating, the City is acting quickly to make needed repairs. TDOT's contractor will use a "hot-in-place" method for resurfacing the road, which minimizes lane closures and saves on costs. The process includes a 100-foot-long train of equipment that removes existing asphalt, mixes it with new materials, and immediately lays the new roadway.

STREETCAR EXCEEDS INITIAL RIDERSHIP ESTIMATE - After more than seven months in operation, the average weekday daily ridership on the Sun Link streetcar is approximately 4,000 people. The pre-launch weekday estimate was about 3,600. The Tucson Department of Transportation reports the average weekend ridership is about 8,000. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

GET A FREE BIKE LIGHT TOMORROW - Living Streets Alliance is again partnering with the City of Tucson Bicycle & Pedestrian Program and the Pima Association of Governments to give away bike lights to people without them. Not only do bike lights improve visibility for both cyclists and others on the street – it's the law that bicyclists have them. The Light the Night event starts tomorrow at 5 p.m. at the southeast corner of Broadway Boulevard and Alvernon Way. This will be the last giveaway until October.

ARIZONA WILDCATS ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR BEGINS THURSDAY - The Arizona Wildcats begin the NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 seed in the West Region, meeting Texas Southern. Tipoff is set for 11:10 a.m. Thursday in Portland, Oregon. The game will be televised on TNT. CBS' Doug Gottlieb and ESPN's Jay Williams both picked the Cats to win the entire basketball tournament this year, which would be the first time since 1997. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

TUCSON POLICE RECRUITING OFFICERS - The Tucson Police Department (TPD) is accepting applications for the position of Police Officer Recruit. Successful candidates from this testing period will be considered for any funded academy class(es) through October 2015. Applications are being accepted through July 19. Ride along with an officer who gives advice about joining TPD (from Tucson 12 archives).