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For the latest in Mt. Lemmon Road Conditions and Road Closures in Pima County call (520) 547-7510

City of Tucson

Ride Sun Link to the Street Fair

Ride Sun Link to the 4th Avenue Street Fair, open daily Friday, March 20 - Sunday, March 22, 2015 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

To accommodate the street fair booths, the Sun Link service route will be closed from the intersection of Third Avenue and University Boulevard to Fourth Avenue and Ninth Street from 1 p.m. Thursday, March 19 until approximately midnight on Sunday, March 22.

However, no worries to Sun Link riders in transit during the Street Fair: Sun Tran shuttle busses will provide streetcar riders service around this Street Fair closure. Sun Link passengers can board a Sun Tran ‘bridge’ bus at Fourth Avenue and Ninth Street and at University Boulevard and Third Avenue. The hours of these special Sun Tran shuttles mirror Sun Link service hours:

  • Thursday, March 19 until 2 a.m.
  • Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 from 7 a.m. until 2 a.m.
  • Sunday, March 22 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Attendance for the Street Fair is estimated to be approximately 300,000 people, so please adjust your travel plans accordingly.

Sun Link Connects You to the 4th Avenue Spring Street Fair

Pima County

Traffic changes on Camino Verde and at Wade Road

Thursday, Mar 19 at 9 a.m.: The Ashton Company will be opening the new segment of Camino Verde at Valencia Road to traffic. This new roadway is a two-lane roadway with a multi-use path that will provide additional connectivity from Valencia Road to Brightwater Way and the Star Valley area.

Friday, March 20 through April 30: Achen Gardner will be reducing northbound Wade Road to one lane of traffic with no restrictions on turn movements. The lane reduction is necessary in order to build the box culvert and install the waterline at the intersection.

Motorists in the Star Valley area may wish to use the new Camino Verde access as an alternate route. In the event of mechanical failure or inclement weather, the construction schedule is subject to change.

City of Tucson

Grant Road Utility Work

On Monday, March 23, 2015, crews from Granite Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation, will begin work to improve the pavement condition of Grant Road from Santa Rita Avenue to Columbus Boulevard. Crews will begin the project by lowering manhole covers and water valve covers. Lowering the utility covers is scheduled to be complete by Friday, March 27, 2015.

To lessen the impact on the traveling public, crews will work in the eastbound travel lanes from 5:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. and work in the westbound travel lanes from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. During this work at least one lane of travel will be maintained in each direction.

Residential and business access will be maintained at all times during this work. The traveling public can expect delays when driving in the work area.

City of Tucson

Fifth Street Bicycle Boulevard Open House

The City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) in collaboration with the University of Arizona is partnering to host an open house for the Fifth Street Bicycle Boulevard Project. The public open house will take place on:

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
(Brief presentation at 5:45 p.m.)
Trinity Church
400 E. University Blvd.

The Fifth Street Bicycle Boulevard Project will enhance Fifth Street and a section of the UA campus to improve safety and accessibility for bicyclists and pedestrians from Seventh Avenue to Old Main on campus. The project will take place in two phases.

The first phase calls for a new gateway into the UA campus for bicyclists and pedestrians. TDOT will install a new bicycle and pedestrian crossing at Fifth Street and Euclid Avenue with funding from the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA). The UA will build a new pathway for bicyclists and pedestrians from the new signal at Euclid Avenue east to Tyndall Avenue. This work is scheduled to begin this summer.

The second phase calls for completing the Bicycle Boulevard Corridor by enhancing Fifth Street with the installation of additional traffic calming treatments at busy intersections, and signage and pavement markings. There is no scheduled start date for Phase II of the project.

The Fifth Street Bicycle Boulevard will also serve as an alternate bike route to University Boulevard to help bicyclists avoid the tracks for the Sun Link streetcar if they prefer. The public is invited to attend the open house to learn more about the proposed plans and to provide feedback on the design.

Courtesy of KGUN9

City of Tucson, UA develop system to help with traffic signal timing

The City of Tucson has teamed up with the University of Arizona to try and make your commute faster and you're actually helping them do it. UA researcher Dr. Yao-Jan Wu and his graduate students have installed small mini PCs with Bluetooth adapters along Speedway Blvd. near the University. Dr. Wu explains "This Bluetooth adapter collects all the mac addresses on all personal devices passing by anonymously, so we don't know who you are." By collecting the anonymous mac addresses, Dr .Wu says they can see how long it takes a driver, bicyclist or pedestrian to get from point A to point B and if that time seems too long, the city can then go in and adjust the traffic signals. See the VIDEO or READ the full report on KGUN9's website.

Town of Sahuarita

Sahuarita Road Updates

This is the March 10, 2015 construction update for the Sahuarita Road Phase II Project.

The Segment 2A (Sahuarita Road) and 2B (Nogales Highway) Projects were substantially completed in August 2014.

Within the Segment 2C Project, crews are installing new sidewalks/curb access ramps, new landscaping, and a new irrigation system along the roadway corridor.

In the area between Santa Rita Road and County Club Road, all traffic has been temporarily routed to the new eastbound lanes. This temporary lane shift is allowing for construction of the new westbound lanes between Delgado Road and Country Club Road. Over the next week, crews will be hauling and placing the aggregate base course, in preparation for paving the new Sahuarita Road westbound lanes. Initial paving in this area is scheduled for the March 19th, weather permitting.

Throughout the project limits, occasional/temporary construction zone lane shifts and speed limit reductions remain in place.

A summary of the anticipated short-term (2-3 week) construction activities can be seen in the March 10, 2015 Look Ahead Schedule.

For other project information and maps, check the Sahuarita Road Project webpage.

Pima County

Magee Road: La Canada to Oracle

The Pima County Department of Transportation, the Regional Transportation Authority, and their contractor, Markham Contracting Company, continue work on Phase 3 (La Cañada Drive to Oracle Road) of the Cortaro Farms/Magee Road: Thornydale Road to Oracle Road Improvement Project.

TRAFFIC SHIFT – Starting Saturday, March 7, all traffic will shift to the southside (eastbound lane) of Magee Road between La Oeste Avenue and Northern Avenue. Crews will pulverize the asphalt and build-up the new westbound lane. Sheriff’s deputies will be on hand to ensure motorists safety and compliance with the reduced speed. This shift will last until the end of March 2015.

DRAINAGE INSTALATION – Starting Monday, March 9, crews will work on installing underground water pipes, which will affect the intersection of Northern Avenue and Magee Road. During these installations, traffic will need to shift accordingly to accommodate them. Further lane restrictions will be in place and no left turns allowed for east and westbound traffic. This work should be completed by Friday, March 13, 2015. There are additional drainage installations throughout the project that is continuous and should not affect travel lanes.

SIDEWALK INSTALLATION – Crews are continuing sidewalk installation throughout the project limits.

Oro Valley

Pavement Preservation Surface Treatments

Starting in May 2015 the Town of Oro Valley will be placing surface treatments on the following subdivisions and streets:
Moore Road – La Canada Drive to La Cholla Boulevard
Northern Ave – From Ina Road
Desert Fairways Drive
Monterra Vista Drive – Naranja Drive to Tangerine Road
Rancho Verde Subdivision
Verde Catalina Subdivision
Copper Creek Subdivision

The work also includes an alternate bid for overlaying La Cholla Boulevard with three inches of asphalt South of Lambert Lane to the Town of Oro Valley town limits. See orovalleyaz.gov/town/projects for more info.

Pima County

Construction on Valencia Road from Mark Road to Wade Road

The Pima County Department of Transportation, the Regional Transportation Authority, and their contractor, Achen Gardner, will begin the roadway improvement construction project on Valencia Road from Mark Road to Wade Road.
Project Activity
Starting Monday, December 15, 2014, the contractor will be clearing and grubbing vegetation, potholing and placing caution fencing in preparation for upcoming traffic activities. Beginning the first part of January, 2015, the contractor will be mobilizing their equipment and begin to reduce lanes and speed limit through the project area as the project gets active.
Project Scope
The project improvements will include the widening of Valencia Road from two to four lanes, includes bike lanes and multi-use path and sidewalk throughout the corridor. The project also includes drainage improvements through the corridor, landscaping and public art. The project is expected to be completed by Fall of 2016.

City of Tucson

Houghton Road: Broadway to 22nd St.

The Houghton Road - Broadway to 22nd Street widening project is being
designed and will be constructed as work on the Houghton Road and
Broadway intersection is concluding. The intersection improvement
project began in November 2013 and is scheduled to be complete in May
2014. The Houghton Road - Broadway to 22nd Street widening project is
scheduled to begin in spring 2014 and is anticipated to take 18 months
to complete.

Improvements include: widening Houghton Road to a curbed six-lane
roadway; dual left-turn lanes; dedicated right-turn lanes; new and
upgraded traffic signals and lighting; bus pullouts; drainage
improvements; rubberized asphalt for noise mitigation; bicycle and
pedestrian facilities; native plant landscaping with water harvesting,
roadway lighting; and a Sun Tran Park & Ride lot on the northwest corner
of the Broadway Boulevard intersection.

During the widening, one lane of traffic will be maintained in each
direction, and access to all properties and businesses will remain open
throughout construction.

For more information about the meeting, please contact Lori Lantz,
Community Relations, at 520-327-6077 or lori@gordleygroup.com.

For more information about the project, please contact Tucson
Department of Transportation Project Manager M.J. Dillard at
mj.dillard@tucsonaz.gov, call 520-837-6616 or visit the project
website at www.houghtonroad.info.

"From One Second to the Next"

TXTNG & DRIVNG - The Aftermath

Four Real-life Stories of Preventable Texting Tradgedy



"I don't remember anything about the accident..."

"texting... was the text that important?"

"I can text and drive, it's no big deal, you know..."

Watch the full documentary here

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Pull Aside • Stay Alive: Will you know what to do?

  • • Avoid driving into or through a dust storm. 
  • • If you encounter a dust storm, check traffic immediately around your vehicle (front, back and to the side) and begin slowing down.
  • • Do not wait until poor visibility makes it difficult to safely pull off the roadway — do it as soon as possible. Completely exit the highway if you can.
  • • Do not stop in a travel lane or in the emergency lane; look for a safe place to pull completely off the paved portion of the roadway.
  • • Stop the vehicle in a position ensuring it is a safe distance from the main roadway and away from where other vehicles may travel.
  • • Turn off all vehicle lights, including your emergency flashers.
  • • Set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake.
  • • Stay in the vehicle with your seatbelts buckled and wait for the storm to pass.
  • • Drivers of high-profile vehicles should be especially aware of changing weather conditions and travel at reduced speeds.
  • • A driver’s alertness and safe driving ability are always the top factors in preventing crashes.

For even more on dust storm safety, please visit PullAsideStayAlive.org.

 

DOWNTOWN TUCSON

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

Monday through Friday 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, and weekends from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (temperature and weather permitting) Sentinel Carriage Company is now offering tours of historic downtown Tucson.

The carriage stand is located at the corner of Telles and Meyer Streets. This is situated between the Tucson Museum of Art and Old Tucson Artisans.
 

For more information see Sentinel Carriage Company.

The Last Text

TXTNG & DRIVNG - IT CAN WAIT

This preview is a raw look at the reality and hazards of texting while driving


"Distracted driving is an epidemic, particularly among teens who are confident in their ability to text or talk while driving," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "Of the 5,500 people killed last year due to distracted driving, the largest proportion of fatalities occurred among young people under the age of 20. I hope teens will take this powerful video to heart and realize that when you're behind the wheel, no text message or phone call is worth the risk."

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