NewsNet 08-18-14

TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT RESCUES TWO FROM FLOODED WASH - Two people were rescued early Sunday morning after floodwaters swept their car into a wash. The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) says the vehicle became stuck in a wash near East 22nd Street and South Kolb Road, near Palo Verde High School. The incident occurred after the driver of the car tried to cross the wash from a nearby road. The vehicle stopped near a pedestrian bridge and the two females were able to climb to the roof and call 9-1-1. Firefighters were able to lower a 14-foot ladder to the car from the pedestrian bridge. Both people were able to climb to safety. TFD urges motorists to stay away from flowing washes during thunderstorms, saying moving water 1-2 feet deep will carry away most vehicles. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star, and see video on TFD Facebook page.
 
HOW TO REPORT TRANSPORTATION CONCERNS AFTER STORM DAMAGE (OR AT ANY TIME) - Is there a tree in the road after a thunderstorm? Is there a pothole you'd like to see fixed? Is a street sign missing? You can report these issues to the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to tdotsr@tucsonaz.gov. You also can use the SeeClickFix website and app.
 
TUCSON IMPROVING PEDESTRIAN ACCESS CITYWIDE - Starting today, the Tucson Department of Transportation, is beginning work to improve pedestrian access along various city arterial streets. The work involves making ADA improvements along stretches of roadway. Crews will work Monday through Friday, from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. During the work, curb lane restrictions will be in place for the safety of workers and the traveling public. Crews will be working at each location for approximately two weeks. All the work is scheduled to be complete in early October 2014. The first area slated for improvements is Alvernon Way, between 22nd Street to 33rd Street. Future improvement areas are listed at the link below. Read the
TDOT news release and schedule.
 
LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ADVISED TO BUY LAND FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING - A San Francisco-based economist is urging the City of Tucson and Pima County to buy land while it's available to build future affordable housing. Jacob Bintliff of BAE Urban Economics recently released a study that shows land values tend to soar once high-capacity transportation corridors are established. Dozens of local planners, architects, developers, and housing advocates attended Friday's presentation at the Drachman Institute, which commissioned the study. In the coming decades, much of the new housing development in Pima County should be placed near public transit to meet anticipated demand, the study says. The Drachman Institute says a local employee survey of transportation preferences is due to be released next month. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
 
REDUCE CLUTTER AND GO PAPERLESS WITH CITY E-BILLING - Go paperless with your Utility Services Statement. Set up an eBill account to pay your bill, get notification of your billing statement, view water usage, and read Tucson Water's newsletter.