New communication tower for Tumamoc Hill silhouette - Tucson News Now

New communication tower for Tumamoc Hill silhouette

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson has seen construction on major intersections, bike paths and starting this Wednesday; there is new work shutting down a major hiking path. 

This work is on a communications tower to help first responders. 

Not too long after sunrise on that day, the route to Tumamoc Hill will be closed to all public use, to allow crews to begin work on the new 125-foot communications tower. 

The new tower is critical in allowing first responders from dozens of agencies to talk directly with each other.

When people look at Tumamoc Hill they see all those towers and buildings that sight will soon change. 

Six other towers and three buildings will be taken off, making a smaller footprint on top of the hill.

As for the public use shutdown on the trail, a guard will be posted to keep out any last minute hikers and any other users of the road. 

The closure will last from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Friday; this is generally during a ‘no hiking' period anyway, so many may not feel the effect of the closure yet. 

This is just the first part of construction, work will continue off and on until it is all finished next June. 

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