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MOVING FORWARD WITH $120M IN STREET REPAIRS - Chip sealing is now underway on some of Tucson's distressed residential streets, a process intended to prolong their life. "The residential we're doing, we're buying five to seven years of life," says TDOT Director Daryl Cole. The work is part of an ongoing repair program funded by a $20M reallocation of Highway User Revenue Fund (HURF) monies approved by Mayor & Council last May, and to be funded over the next five years by a $100M bond package approved by voters last November. Story from KOLD/KMSB here. Read the M&C Memo from May 8, 2012, re: pavement management funding alternatives here. May 2012 Story from Inside Tucson Business on $20M HURF reallocation here.
TPD HOLDING "LIVE" TRAINING EXERCISES TO BETTER PREPARE OFFICERS - TPD officers participated yesterday in the second in a series of planned training sessions, designed to simulate real-life dangerous situations. Yesterday's exercise simulated a situation in which an intoxicated man returned to a bar with a gun. Officer Steve Perkins, a participant in yesterday's session, explained "In this scenario there is an active shooter, simulated gunshots, so you are forced to react to that, you don't have time to get all your resources together and it's a go, so you do what you are trained to do." Story from KVOA.
FUTURE INNOVATORS CONVERGE ON THE TCC FOR ANNUAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR - Over 6,000 students and about 1,800 projects will compete this week in the annual Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Fair, a regional science competition for elementary, middle and high school students. The projects are selected for regional competition from science fairs at the school level. Scholarships and other prizes are up for grabs, as well as the possibility of moving forward to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix in May. In today's Star.
NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES CONGRESSIONAL CITY CONFERENCE THIS WEEK, NO M&C MEETING SCHEDULED - Mayor & Council will meet again next Tuesday, March 19.
WATCH A DEMOLITION CREW TEAR OUT THE OLD PANTANO UNION RAILROAD BRIDGE - Overnight last Friday, crews removed the abandoned Pantano Union Pacific Railroad Bridge. The removal of this and the already-removed Marsh Station Traffic Interchange will allow the section of I-10 east of Tucson to accommodate trucks over 15 feet high. 49-second time-lapse video courtesy of ADOT.