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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.

Pima County

Construction Resumes on Magee Road

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

Phase 3 includes widening the roadway to four lanes, adding a center median, providing bike lanes and sidewalks, improving drainage and landscaping improvements. The new completion date for this project is late fall/early winter 2015.

Town of Sahuarita

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 and preparing to pave the remaining Sahuarita Road travel lanes in the vicinity of the railroad tracks. Weather permitting, paving of the area near the railroad tracks is scheduled for the end of this week.

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 in and placing new fill material, in preparation for paving the new westbound lanes. Access to Delgado Road/Walden Grove High School will be maintained throughout the earth moving operations, but minor delays may be encountered. Major work to the Walden Grove High School access road has been scheduled for February 26-27, during the schools rodeo break - to minimize impacts to school traffic.

Throughout the project limits, occasional/temporary construction zone lane shifts and speed limit reductions remain in place, allowing for installation of the new landscaping and irrigation along the new roadway corridor.

A summary of the anticipated short-term (2-3 week) construction activities can be seen in the February 17, 2015 Look Ahead Schedule.

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


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.



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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