NewsNet 04-27-15

PROJECT TO ENHANCE WALKABILITY AND LOOK OF CAMPBELL AVENUE - A summer upgrade project aims to make a stretch of Campbell Avenue prettier and more friendly to walkers. New features include lush gardens in large, red planters on several corners between East Grant and Fort Lowell roads. The City of Tucson also will fix broken sidewalks, add sidewalks, and build sections of raised medians in the center turn lane. The medians will have red gravel, bottle trees, lantana and yucca. Construction is expected to begin in June and be finished by the end of summer. The project is funded with money from a 2005 Transportation Enhancement grant from the Federal Highway Administration and the Regional Transportation Authority. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

TUCSON CELEBRATES NEW SEPARATED BICYCLE LANE DOWNTOWN - The City of Tucson will host a ribbon-cutting tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. on Stone Avenue near Toole Avenue to celebrate Tucson's first two-way, curb-protected bicycle lane. The new bike lane is on the east side of Stone Avenue from Toole Avenue to Alameda Street. While Stone Avenue is a one-way street for vehicular traffic between Toole Avenue and Alameda Street, cyclists will be able to travel in both directions in the new bike lane. The City of Tucson already has one separated bike lane on St. Marys Road between Davis Street and Main Avenue. The St. Marys separated bike lane uses plastic posts to separate the six-foot-wide bike lane from the right lane of vehicular traffic. The new Stone Avenue separated bike lane will use a concrete curb and a vehicle parking lane to separate bikes from vehicles. Read the news release.
Tucson Bicycle & Pedestrian Program

FOX THEATRE VANDALIZED OVER THE WEEKEND - The historic Fox Theatre in Tucson was vandalized with graffiti over the weekend and the Tucson Police Department is asking the public for any information that could lead to an arrest. The lobby doors of the outside of the building were completely covered with spray paint. The Fox first opened in 1930 and went through a six-year, $14 million remodel, reopening on New Year's Eve 2006. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call 88-CRIME. If you ever see tagging in progress, call 9-1-1. If you discover graffiti, Graffiti Protective Coatings and the City of Tucson have a smartphone application for reporting it. MyTucson is a free download on the iOS App Store and Google Play for Android. You can also report graffiti by emailing, or calling (520) 792-2489 and choosing option 1. Read more from Tucson News Now.

CITY OF TUCSON TAX WORKSHOP THIS WEEK - Learn your rights and responsibilities for Transaction Privilege (Sales) Taxation by attending a Tax and License Workshop sponsored by the City of Tucson Finance Department. The workshop will be from 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday at the Westside Police Service Center, 1310 W. Miracle Mile. Questions will be answered and written materials will be available. Samples of sales tax records, worksheets, and monthly returns will be explained. You should bring a calculator and a pencil to the free workshop. To reserve a seat, please email or call (520) 791-4681. When you make your reservation, please explain the activities and subjects in which you are interested in reviewing. Read the news release.

SELF-GUIDED TOURS AVAILABLE VIA SMARTPHONE AT SWEETWATER WETLANDS - Tucson Water and Arizona Project WET have partnered to provide a series of self-guided tours at the Sweetwater Wetlands. The new Discovery Program engages visitors through a journey along the path that surrounds the ponds and recharge basins. Guests can use a QR code reader app on any smart device to view the Wetlands in a scientific way as they navigate around the 60-acre site. The official launch of the Discovery Program Journeys is scheduled for this Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Sweetwater Wetlands, 2551 W. Sweetwater Dr. A group of Amphitheater district students will demonstrate the different tours available for the public. The Sweetwater Wetlands is part of Tucson Water's reclaimed water system, where treated wastewater is filtered through recharge basins, replenishing the local aquifer. The reclaimed wastewater is then distributed for reuse at Tucson's golf courses, parks, and schools. In addition, the Wetlands is an urban wildlife habitat that the public can visit seven days a week.