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For the latest in Road and Wash Closures in Pima County call (520) 547-7510

City of Tucson

Ajo Way Resurfacing Update

In order to finish the paving operations on a section of Ajo Way from Country Club Road to Kino Boulevard, crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., will shift its paving operations to daytime hours on Friday, September 19, 2014. Crews will begin taper milling at 5 a.m. and begin mainline paving at 8:30 a.m. Crews will work until 5 p.m. Crews will return Saturday morning, September 20, 2014 at 5:30 a.m. and are scheduled to complete the paving operations by noon. During this work two lanes of travel will be maintained in each direction.

On Sunday, September 21, 2014 crews will return to the night work schedule - milling and paving from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday night through Thursday night.

The pavement improvement project is part of the $100 million, five-year street bond program - Road Recovery. The Road Recovery program is funded by voter-approved bonds.

Residential and business access will be maintained at all times during the project, except for when heavy equipment is directly in front of a driveway. Please obey all traffic control signs and watch for construction personnel and equipment in the work area. The schedule is subject to change due to equipment malfunction or inclement weather.

More information on the Road Recovery Program can be found at www.tucsonaz.gov/streetbonds or by calling (520) 837-6686.

Pima County

Orange Grove Road: Via Rancher Willowhaven Improvement Project

Starting Monday, August 11, 2014, the Pima County Department of Transportation, and its contractor, Southern Arizona Paving, will begin construction activities on Orange Grove Road: Via Ranchero to Willow Haven Drive Improvement Project.

This project includes widening Orange Grove Road to a three-lane roadway with a dedicated center two-way, left-turn lane; right-turn lanes at Caravan Lane and Desert Palms Drive; and paved shoulders for bicycles.

This project is expected be completed by mid-December 2014.

City of Tucson

Street Bonds Road Recovery Sealcoating Program

Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will be sealcoating several Tucson roadways over the next two months as part of the voter-approved $100 million, five-year street bond program - Road Recovery.

The Road Recovery Program is funded by voter-approved bonds. All proceeds from the bonds will be used to restore and resurface City streets through Fiscal Year 2018. A Bond Oversight Commission composed of citizen volunteers is working to ensure that all bond funds are expended solely for the purpose of repairing city streets. For more information on the Road Recovery Program can be found at www.tucsonaz.gov/streetbonds or by calling (520) 837-6686.

Pima County

Valencia Road: Alvernon to Wilmot

On Monday, June 2, 2014, the Pima County Department of Transportation, the Regional Transportation Authority, and their contractor, KE&G Construction Inc., will be switching traffic on Valencia Road from Swan Road to just east of Interstate 10.

Crews will begin working on the eastbound lanes of Valencia Road from Swan Road to Craycroft Road. One lane of travel will remain in place for east- and westbound travel from Swan Road to Wilmot Road. Speed limit through the construction zone is 25 mph.

Project improvements include the widening of Valencia road to six travel lanes, widening the bridge structure over the Union Pacific Railroad, paved shoulders for bicycles, a multi-use path at Julian Wash, curbs and storm drains, landscaped median and public art. The project is expected to be completed by summer of 2015.

In the event of mechanical failure or inclement weather, the construction schedule is subject to change. For more information about the RTA plan, visit www.RTAmobility.com

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..."

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from the Arizona Daily Star

Pima bridges need help, but funding is limited

All the bridges in Pima County are considered safe, but many require significant maintenance or rehabilitation, and in a handful of cases, replacement. Read more at azstarnet.com

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.

 

City of Tucson

City to double parking rate downtown to $1 per hour

Arizona Daily Star

If you drive downtown, you'll be paying double to park at a meter - once downtown streets are re-opened enough for anyone to drive there and reach a parking meter.

Rate increases downtown are slated to take effect next April, when most of the construction for the new streetcar should be complete.

In addition, Parkwise will replace existing meters downtown and at the University of Arizona with smart meters, which allow drivers to pay at a centralized location using a credit or debit card in addition to coins. Parkwise will also modernize the technology at its parking garages.

Read more at azstarnet.com

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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