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The winter weather on Mt. Lemmon can change within minutes, especially above mile marker 14 - Windy Point. Call the numbers below or check the
Pima County Road Conditions Info Line
For the latest in Road and Wash Closures in Pima County call (520) 547-7510
City of Tucson
On-going Road Maintenance Work
Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), is continuing its fog seal program associated with the voter-approved $100 million, five-year street bond program - Road Recovery.
The dates, work hours and locations for the next set of roadway improvements are listed below. The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather.
Thursday, December 5, Friday, December 6 and Monday, December 9 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Fog Seal
Drexel Road - Mission Road to Mahan Drive (just west of the Santa Cruz River)
Oak Tree Drive - Drexel Road to Headley Road
Wednesday, December 11 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Fog Seal
Sixth Avenue and 18th Street intersection
Stone Avenue and 18th Street intersection
Tuesday, December 10 through Friday, December 13 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Crack Seal
Roger Road - Oracle Road to First Avenue
Fog Sealing is the application of a thin layer of asphalt emulsion that helps cover small roadway imperfections, cracks or other small voids and seals the existing asphalt to preserve and protect the roadway. During this work, travel lane restrictions will be in place, however at least one lane of travel will be maintained in both directions.
Business and residential access will be maintained at all times during the project. The traveling public can expect delays when driving in the work area. Please obey all traffic control signs and watch for construction personnel and equipment in the work area.
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.
More information on the Road Recovery Program can be found at www.tucsonaz.gov/streetbonds or by calling (520) 837-4056. Follow @TucsonRoadRecovery on twitter.
Phase 3 Construction: Magee Road - La Canada to Oracle
The Pima County Department of Transportation, the Regional Transportation Authority, and their contractor, Select Development, will begin work on Phase 3 (La Cañada Drive to Oracle Road) of the Cortaro Farms/Magee Road: Thornydale Road to Oracle Road Improvement Project.
Starting Tuesday, November 12, 2013, Select Development will begin mobilizing equipment and performing work in preparation for upcoming construction activities. These initial activities include the removal of buffelgrass, installation of caution fencing, setup of an on-site office, and placement of traffic control devices. These activities will be taking place at various times throughout the day between 6:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Motorists may experience minor delays.
Phase 3 includes the following improvements: widening of the roadway to four lanes, adding a center median, providing bike lanes and sidewalks, improving drainage, and landscaping.
This project is expected be completed by spring of 2015.
City of Tucson
St. Mary's Road Construction
Eastbound and westbound traffic has been switched to the newly constructed north side of St. Mary’s Road. St. Mary’s Road is reduced to one travel lane in each direction from Church Avenue to the westbound I-10 frontage road. Turn restrictions may be in place at the intersection of St. Mary’s Road and Granada Avenue. Motorists should plan for delays. Motorist may use Speedway Boulevard or Congress Street as alternate east/west routes during this work. Construction of the south side of St. Mary’s Road will now begin.
North and southbound Granada Avenue is reduced to one travel lane in each direction at the intersection of St. Mary’s Road. Motorists should expect delays.
• Left turn movements from Granada Avenue to St. Mary’s Road will not be permitted.
• Motorists may use Stone Avenue or the I-10 frontage road as alternate north/south routes during this work.
• Traffic along St. Mary’s Road has been shifted and the roadway has been reduced to one travel lane in each direction from Church Avenue to the westbound I-10 frontage road.
• Access to businesses in the area and Davis Bilingual Elementary School will be maintained at all times.
The newly constructed parking lot located near the northwest corner of St. Mary’s Road and Granada Avenue is open for public use. The lot is designed as a one-way facility with the entrance at St. Mary’s Road and the exit at Granada Avenue.
ONGOING - Davis Street, at its intersection with St. Mary’s Road, closed to all modes of transportation in early October, 2013. When the project is complete, Davis Street will be a bike and pedestrian thoroughfare only.
• Barrio Anita neighborhood access is by Hughes Street from St. Mary’s Road and by Anita Avenue or Davis Street from Granada Avenue.
This is the Second Phase of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)-funded Downtown Links Project.
The purpose of this project is to reconstruct and widen St. Mary’s Road/Sixth Street from I-10 to Church Avenue. As a part of the reconstruction, pedestrian facilities will be upgraded with new concrete sidewalks and access ramps along with a new signalized pedestrian/bicycle crossing just east of Davis Street. Bicycle travel will be accommodated by new 6-foot bike lanes in both directions.
The existing pavement will be replaced with new rubberized asphalt paving to provide a smoother, quieter, and safer ride. Drainage improvements consist of new storm drains and catch basins. This project also includes a new traffic signal at the intersection of St. Mary’s Road/Sixth Street and Granada Avenue. Street lighting for driver safety and neighborhood security will be installed as well.
Lastly, the project will have landscaping elements that incorporate sustainable practices like water harvesting and the recycling of existing concrete. Public art will also be included in this project.
The project began in November 2012 and should be completed by January 2014. The project construction cost is approximately $7.3 million.
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
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
- • 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
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
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.
For more information see Sentinel Carriage Company.
between Ruthrauff Road and Prince Road in Tucson
Some of the improvements that are planned as part of this project include:
- • Widening the I-10 freeway to four lanes in each direction to better handle increases in traffic.
- • Reconstructing the Prince Road traffic interchange so that Prince Road will pass over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and I-10.
- • Updating the on-ramps and off-ramps to provide better connections and improved access for motorists.
- • New landscaping along the project area.
Construction with traffic impacts in limited areas of the project began in September 2011. Traffic impacts include Prince Road reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction at I-10 and the closure of Business Center Drive at Prince Road to vehicular traffic. The full closure of the Prince Road underpass and ramps occured March 12, 2012. The project is scheduled to be completed by late 2013.
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."