On Monday, January 7, 2019, work will begin to improve Houghton Road from the Union Pacific Railroad south to Interstate 10. Borderland Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation, will begin the project with the placement of concrete barriers along the west side of the existing Houghton Road travel lanes.
Crews will then start the underground utility improvements and roadway construction on the west side of Houghton Road, while maintaining the current travel lanes on the existing roadway.
It’s time for Tucson’s annual Senior Olympic Festival. It’s the 35th year that Tucson Parks and Recreation has put this festival to promote fitness, health, and an active lifestyle among adults 50 years of age and older.
This year’s “headquarters” for the festival will be Udall Park, which will also be hosting the opening ceremony at the amphitheater.
On Monday, January 7, 2019, Southern Arizona Paving and Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation, will begin work to improve the at-grade storm grates on Ajo Way just east of Sixth Avenue. Work will take place Monday through Thursday, from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The project is scheduled to be complete in mid-February. At least one lane of traffic in each direction will be open during this work. Message boards are in place to notify the traveling public of the upcoming restrictions.
End of Year Highlights
On New Year’s Eve, Tucsonans can count on Sun Link to be the designated driver and provide a safe ride while they ring in the New Year at venues along the streetcar line. Sun Link will extend service hours on Monday, December 31 until 2 a.m. for those celebrating within the districts, including Main Gate Square, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, and Mercado District.
Streetcar service will run on a Sunday schedule on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with service every 20 minutes. Regular Sun Link service hours will resume on Wednesday, January 2.
I’m keeping this week’s newsletter short given our holiday schedule. Still, I’d like to give a shout out to the firefighters at Tucson Fire’s Station 9, which serves the area around Craycroft and 22nd Street.
Some of you may have caught the story on KGUN over the weekend. 96 year-old Clarence Ellquist fell off a ladder while doing work in his yard. Firefighters responded and he was treated for a concussion and a nasty cut.
Beginning at approximately 1 p.m. Friday, December 28, 2018, crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division will initiate Operation Freeze in preparation of freezing overnight temperatures. Operation Freeze is put into place to make sure City bridge decks are free of ice and safe for motorists to drive over.
During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. Park roads and trails at Saguaro National Park will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited.
There will be no NPS-provided visitor services at Saguaro National Park, including public information, restrooms, trash collection, and facilities or roads maintenance. Both Visitor Centers are closed.
This is the last newsletter before the Christmas Holiday. Thank you all for supporting me and my office for this past year. Blessings to all of you and your families.
Keep in mind that we will be closing at noon on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.
Also, my office has tickets to the NOVA Home Loans Bowl. The game will be at at Arizona Stadium on Saturday, December 29 at 11:15 am. This year’s game will feature Arkansas State and the University of Nevada.
If you’d like to pick up tickets, come by any time next Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.
On January 1, 2019, the entrance fees at Saguaro National Park will increase by $5. Visitors will notice that the 7-day private vehicle entrance fee at Saguaro National Park will go up from $15 to $20, 7-day motorcycle entrance fee will rise from $10 to $15, individual entrance passes for pedestrians and bicyclists will increase from $5 to $10, and the Saguaro Annual Pass will increase from $35 to $40.