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Many Road Improvements to Begin Soon

The Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) plans to be busy fixing roads starting this summer. TDOT has 18 road improvement projects scheduled over the next few months.

Construction on Valencia Road from 12th Avenue to Alvernon Way starts in August. Crews already are getting the area near the Tucson International Airport ready for the mill and repaving work. Once the work begins, construction should take about a month.

Tucson Water Warns of Scam

Tucson Water is alerting customers about a scam related to bill collections. Several customers reported receiving calls from someone claiming to be from a company tasked with collecting money from water customers, said Tucson Water spokesman Fernando Molina. The caller threatens to turn off your water if you don't pay right away.

Pass for Kids Now Active for Summer Discounts on Transit and City Pools

Today is the first day kids can use their SummerGo Youth Pass. The pass is available for $45, giving students ages 6 to 18 unlimited rides on public transit and free entrance to all City pools.

SummerGO can be purchased at several recreation centers and City pools. A student ID is required for purchase.

The pass is valid until Aug. 5.

Governor Signs Bill That Overrides Pet Store Rules from Local Governments

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation yesterday that prevents cities from telling pet stores they can’t sell commercially bred animals. The new law that takes effect on Aug. 6 voids existing regulations in Phoenix and Tempe, which allow pet stores to sell only rescue and shelter dogs and cats. Those laws are partly designed to reduce the number of shelter animals that have to be euthanized.

Air Force to Pay for Tucson Water Treatment Facility

The City of Tucson will be reimbursed nearly $17 million by the United States Air Force for the design and construction of the AOP Water Treatment Facility.

Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) technology is used to treat groundwater contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which was used by aircraft manufacturing companies in the Tucson airport area from the 1940s to 1970s. The process combines ultraviolet light with hydrogen peroxide to purify up to 8 million gallons of water a day.

Study Names Tucson a Bike-Friendly City

Tucson ranks No. 2 in a national survey of bike-friendly cities. Redfin, a real estate firm, recently published a study of cities friendly to bicyclists in downtown areas. The company ranked the downtown neighborhoods of cities with populations above 500,000 based on their Bike Score ratings on WalkScore.com. The ratings also are based on bike lanes, hills, bike share programs, destinations, and road connectivity.

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