ELECTRICAL TESTING BEGINS ON STREETCAR LINE - Testing of the Sun Link Streetcar’s electrical power system, a first step in the project’s transition from construction to operation, began Tuesday night. Testing will begin around 10:30 Tuesday night, traffic will be impacted through 5:30am Thursday morning. Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians will not be allowed to cross the rail during the work. Police will be directing traffic. The test route will begin near 4th Avenue and 9th Street and progress along the roadways ending at Helen Street and Warren Avenue. From KOLD/KMSB.
TUCSON 12: MODERN STREETCAR FINAL WELD - After 400 days of streetcar construction, an extra hour was only a short wait for a well-deserved moment of celebration. With officials, project managers, and the curious looking on, rail workers fired up a portable kiln to perform the last of 854 welds. This act completes 3.9 miles of track and related construction that went straight through major and residential districts. Video from Tucson 12.
EX-TPD OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO TWO COUNTS IN COMPUTER TAMPERING CASE - A former Tucson police officer has pleaded guilty to computer tampering for using police databases to find personal information about romantic rivals. Andrea Middleton pleaded guilty to two counts stemming from a June indictment charging her with three felony counts of computer tampering. She is scheduled for sentencing on September 13. From the Star.
CONTRACT OPPORTUNITY: SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL CONSULTANT SERVICES - The City is seeking a consultant team to provide the annual requirements for the Safe Routes to School program, under TDOT’s Bike and Pedestrian Program. The program is funded by the Federal Highway Administration. Its mission is to increase the percentage of trips made by bike or on foot in the region. In respect to this commitment, the City supports the development of safe and comfortable walking and biking routes that appeal to users of all ages and abilities. City of Tucson RFP.
TOMORROW: 5TH ANNUAL FERIA DE LA LECTURA - Ward 1 Council Member Regina Romero, the Consulate of Mexico in Tucson, and the Pima County Public Library are joining forces to invite the general public to the Fifth Annual Feria de la Lectura, or Bilingual Literacy Festival. The event will take place on Saturday August 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the El Pueblo Neighborhood Center, 101 W. Irvington Rd. The Feria will be free and open to the general public and is a family friendly event. The main goal of this reading festival is to foster the desire of reading in Spanish among the Spanish speaking community of Tucson and encourage literacy in both languages for young people. News release from Parks & Rec.