NewsNet 06-29-15

DOWNTOWN LINKS PROJECT PROGRESSING - Utility work on Downtown Links — the western extension of Barraza-Aviation Parkway to connect the road to Interstate 10 — could begin as soon as next month. Meanwhile, the City of Tucson and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) have a website to give citizens information and updates on one of the largest transportation projects in Tucson. The $83.2 million project ($76.1 million from RTA and 7.1 million from a regional share of the state gas tax) 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. Construction is expected to begin next summer and last for a couple of years. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

REPAVING WORK THIS WEEK ON PORTION OF BROADWAY - Work began today on the milling (removing asphalt) and repaving on Broadway Boulevard from Pantano Road to Camino Seco. Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) will mill a section of roadway one day and repave that section of roadway the following day. They will work from 5 a.m. until 5 p.m. through Thursday and will return on July 6. At least two lanes of travel in each direction will be maintained during the construction. Paving is scheduled to be finished on Friday, July 10. The project is part of the voter-approved, $100 million, five-year Road Recovery street bond program. Read the news release and watch Tucson 12 video on Road Recovery.
Bond Oversight Commission Annual Report

SELF-GUIDED TOURS AVAILABLE VIA SMARTPHONE AT SWEETWATER WETLANDS - Tucson Water and Arizona Project WET are offering a series of self-guided tours at the Sweetwater Wetlands, 2551 W. Sweetwater Dr. 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 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. Watch Tucson 12 video about the tours.

NO CHANGES THIS WEEK TO TRASH AND RECYCLING COLLECTIONS - All residential and commercial trash and recycling collections will proceed as normal this week. Since Independence Day falls on a Saturday this year, there will be no service interruptions.
City of Tucson Environmental Services
"My Waste" app

JOB OPPORTUNITY: POLICE DISPATCHER - The Tucson Police Department (TPD) currently has multiple vacancies for Public Safety Dispatcher within the Communications Division. The position involves skilled radio communications, including dispatching emergency and non-emergency calls for service. The position requires the dispatcher to relay critical information via a radio system to public safety personnel who are dispatched for service. The dispatcher also evaluates, triages, disseminates information, and keeps track of the location and welfare of the responders. The job also requires the dispatcher to access and enter computer information according to established policies and procedures. Extensive keyboarding and multitasking abilities are essential. The application deadline is July 12. Read the job description.