NewsNet 03-23-15

FIFTH STREET BICYCLE BOULEVARD OPEN HOUSE THIS WEEK - The Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) and the University of Arizona are hosting an open house tomorrow for the Fifth Street Bicycle Boulevard Project. The event runs from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Trinity Church, 400 E. University Blvd. The goal of the project is to enhance Fifth Street and a section of the UA to improve safety and accessibility for bicyclists and pedestrians from Seventh Avenue to campus. The project will take place in two phases. The first will be a new bicycle and pedestrian crossing at Fifth Street and Euclid Avenue, funded by the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA). The UA will build a pathway for bicyclists and pedestrians from the new signal at Euclid Avenue east to Tyndall Avenue. That work is scheduled to begin this summer. The second phase calls for completing the Bicycle Boulevard Corridor with signage and pavement markings. There is no scheduled start date for that phase. Read the news release.

MEETINGS CONTINUE ON POSSIBLE CHARTER CHANGES - Tucson's Charter Review Committee (CRC) is reviewing and making recommendations about possible amendments to sections of the Tucson City Charter. The CRC will meet Wednesday at 3 p.m. at City Hall (255 W. Alameda, 1st floor) and the meeting is open to the public. Potential amendments to the Charter may be on the Nov. 3 City ballot.

SNAKE SEASON IS UPON US - As Tucson's temperatures increase, so do the chances of an encounter with a rattlesnake. Tucson Fire Department Capt. Barrett Baker offers some ways to stay safe, such as wearing shoes that fully cover your feet and not reaching into places you can't see.

GET MARRIED AT THE ZOO - If you're planning a wedding, keep Reid Park Zoo in mind. The Zoo is hosting a Wedding Venue Open House this Saturday from 4:30-6 p.m. Enjoy food samplings and beverages from Taste of the Wild Catering, meet wedding vendors, learn about the Photo Fun Booth, preview reception decor ideas and more. Admission is free, but registration is required.

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.