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

Town of Sahuarita

Rancho Sahuarita/La Joya Verde Crack Sealing Jan. 19th

Beginning Monday, January 19th crews will be performing pavement preservation (crack sealing) work within the Rancho Sahuarita and La Joya Verde areas.

Specific locations include Rancho Sahuarita Boulevard (from Sahuarita Road to La Villita Road), Rancho Sahuarita Boulevard (from Avenida Del Aguacate to Pima Mine Road), Nogales Highway (from the I-19 East Frontage Road to Calle Valle Verde), and the residential streets within La Joya Verde I, II, III, and Rancho Abrego.

Streets will remain open, but traffic can expect to see flagmen and lane shifts as crews perform their work. Reduced speed limits and minor delays should be anticipated in the work areas. In residential areas, please remove parked cars from roadways and avoid any coned off areas that mark limits of fresh crack sealer.

The crack sealing work is anticipated to take two weeks to complete.

City of Tucson

Tucson to Install New 'Smart' Parking Meters, Double Rate

• New smart phone apps to be unveiled
• Parking time limits to change, coverage to be expanded
• 'ParkWise' is now called 'Park Tucson'

The City of Tucson Department of Transportation’s Park Tucson Division, (formerly named 'ParkWise') is modernizing its on-street parking program with the installation of new, solar-powered “smart” meters that accept credit, debit or smart (stored value) cards. The new smart meters, which also accept coins, will be wirelessly connected to a new smart-phone app-branded specifically for Tucson.

On Monday, December 22, 2014, Park Tucson will begin installing 500 smart meters in Downtown and at Main Gate Square near the University of Arizona campus. An additional 500 meters are scheduled to be installed later this month or in early January. Park Tucson installed 21 smart meters on November 26, 2014 on Sixth Avenue and on Pennington Street.

On Monday, January 5, 2015, the Downtown meter rate will increase to $1 per hour, up from the current 50 cents per hour, which is one of the lowest hourly rates in the country.

“The new smart meters will improve customer service for the parking public, better serve the needs of businesses and their customers, and contribute to the smart development of Tucson’s rapidly developing urban center by making its parking system more efficient and generating additional revenue that can be reinvested in future mixed-use parking facilities,” said Donovan Durband, Park Tucson Administrator.

Activating immediately upon installation, the smart meters feature a solar panel on the street side that recharges the meter’s battery, and a large screen facing the sidewalk, which informs the parking customer the hours of operation, the time limit that applies to that parking space, the rate, the remaining time before expiration, and potentially information about local events-all of which can be programmed remotely from the Park Tucson office and applied to all the meters, or a subset of them, or even just one.

The meters, manufactured by IPS Group, replace meters that accept only coins and use up conventional batteries.

The Fourth Avenue Business District will be metered for the first time starting in mid-January 2015, with the installation and activation of the same smart meters that will be used in the other business districts along the Sun Link Streetcar line. Cross-streets off of Fourth Avenue that have public parking spaces that are not restricted to residential parking will be metered as well, between Third Avenue and Sixth Avenue, with meters extending a little further east on Ninth Street and a further west on Seventh Street. Time limits will vary, with most of the metered spaces limited to two-hour visits and others to three hours. Several areas within the Fourth Avenue Business District will be designated for general permit parking rather than meters or residential permits, to allow opportunities for employees to find reliable parking.

The Fourth Avenue-area meters will only be enforced on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Downtown and Main Gate meters will be enforced Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Main Gate area will move to seven-day meter enforcement in February 2015, specific date to be determined.

Park Tucson expects that its new smart-phone app will be operational by the end of 2014. The app will allow users to not only pay for street parking, but also purchase transit fares-for Sun Link, Sun Van, and Sun Tran. It will be the first such app of its kind, offering customers the ability to pay for both parking and transit. The app will also make it easy for merchants to offer validated street parking.

New Park Tucson-branded smart cards will be available in early 2015 that will replace the meter cash keys that allow regular parkers to pay at the meters without needing change. Customers can obtain their own smart card at the Park Tucson office and purchase value to store on the card, drawing down the value when they park at the new meters. Customers with cash keys may bring them in and Park Tucson will transfer any remaining stored value to a new smart card.

For more information about the City of Tucson’s new parking meters, visit

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

For more information about the project, please contact Tucson
Department of Transportation Project Manager M.J. Dillard at, call 520-837-6616 or visit the project
website at

"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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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.

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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


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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