Traffic Alert: Grant Road Improvement Project

Traffic on First Avenue, north of Grant Road, is shifted to allow work crews to install a new underground water line across First Avenue. The work began this morning and is scheduled to be completed by next Wednesday, Dec. 20. Work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Work will not take place Friday-Sunday, Dec. 15-17. During the work, northbound First Avenue will be reduced to one travel lane, and southbound travel will continue to have two travel lanes.

New Editions of Sweetwater Wetlands Booklets Available Now

Tucson Water has produced new editions of its two booklets on the Sweetwater Wetlands recharge facility. “Water, Wildlife, and People” is designed for adults and includes background information and a field guide to common plants and animals of the Wetlands. The “Activity Book and Field Guide” is for middle school educators and students preparing for a field trip or studying about wetlands in the classroom.

ICYMI: Parking Tickets Can Now Be Paid Via App

Drivers with a parking ticket can now pay their fine through the GoTucson Parking app. If you already have the app on your smartphone, make sure it's the latest version, or download for free if you don't have it.

The payment option can be accessed from the left-side drop-down menu. Click on "Citation Payment," then enter the 7-digit citation number and the vehicle license plate, and then you can pay by credit card. There is a 50-cent convenience fee for the service.

Tucson Fire Chief to Retire

After 29 years with the Tucson Fire Department (TFD), Chief Jim Critchley announced his retirement yesterday. Critchley, who has been chief for six years, sent a memo to his staff that said he loves his job, but he wants to retire to spend more time with his family and focus on his health.

Tucson Water Offers Tips to Protect Pipes During Expected Overnight Freeze

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning beginning at 10 o'clock tonight, Dec. 7, lasting until 9 a.m. tomorrow. That means it's time to wrap your pipes before wrapping your presents.

Tucson Water offers tips to help prevent pipes, plumbing, irrigation systems, and backflow prevention assemblies from freezing, as well as suggestions on what to do if something has frozen. The videos below can help you avoid burst water lines in your home or business.

City Council Passes Sign Code Revisions

The Mayor and Tucson City Council this week voted to accept proposals to revise, simplify, and modernize the City's sign code (Regular Agenda, Item 8). It's the first significant update to the code since 1985. 

The changes were initiated by Mayor and Council and will bring Tucson in compliance with a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision and respond to local concerns about the code being out of date and difficult to use.