NewsNet 04-21-15

GRANT ROAD REPAVING UPDATE - This week, crews from Granite Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation, will mill (remove asphalt) and repave Grant Road from Santa Rita Avenue to Campbell Avenue. Work hours on Thursday and Friday will be 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. One lane in each direction will be maintained during the work. Next Tuesday and Wednesday, crews will mill and repave the Grant Road intersections at Dodge Boulevard, Alvernon Way and Columbus Boulevard. That work will be done at night from, 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., to minimize traffic disruptions. Again, at least one travel lane in each direction at the intersections will be maintained during the work. The start date of the milling and repaving work on Grant Road from Campbell Avenue to Country Club Road has not yet been determined, but the work is expected begin in mid May. Read the news release.

PUBLIC HEARING TONIGHT TO APPROVE ADDITIONAL ROAD REPAIRS - The Mayor and Tucson City Council tonight will hold a public hearing on the expansion of the Road Recovery bond program to repair and maintain additional streets. Due to favorable bids and lower gas prices, the bond program is under budget by about $40 million. The excess bonding capacity will enable expansion of roadway rehabilitation. After hearing proposals from the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), the citizens on the Bond Oversight Commission (BOC) created a recommendation for Mayor and Council on how the extra capacity should be spent. The BOC recommends spending approximately $37 million for arterial roadways and $3 million for residential streets. Voters approved the five-year, $100 million Road Recovery bond program in November 2012. Read Mayor and Council agenda materials for tonight.
Bond Oversight Commission Annual Report

WESTSIDE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT CONSTRUCTION COULD BEGIN SOON - The Gadsden Company says it could start construction this year on nine townhouses, followed by two more mixed-use projects. The buildings would be located on now-empty land near the Mercado San Agustin west of Interstate 10 and directly along the Sun Link streetcar route. Development on the westside of Tucson would increase the amount of housing and commercial space in the area at the western terminus of the streetcar. At least one business owner in the Mercado says traffic has increased 30 percent since last year's launch of the streetcar. Read more from KVOA.

ROSKRUGE STUDENT WINS ARTWORK CONTEST FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES - Roskruge K-8 student Janessa Saldivar won this year's contest to design recycling artwork to display on the side of one of the City of Tucson Environmental Services (ES) department's new trucks using compressed natural gas (CNG). The 8th grader's art was chosen from 155 entries from 26 different schools. Presented yesterday, the award is part of the message that recycling is important to Tucson. ES is converting trucks to CNG to save money and reduce carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Janessa's artwork can be seen on Tucson Unified School District's Facebook page.

RECRUITMENT UNDERWAY FOR SUMMER POOL EMPLOYEES - The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department is looking for Water Safety Instructors (WSI) and Lifeguards this summer. More than 150 lifeguards and swimming instructors are needed for seasonal work at City of Tucson pools, beginning the week of May 25. Applicants must be at least 16 years old at time of hire and have knowledge of water hazards, lifesaving techniques and first aid. The application deadline is May 31.