Today In Surprise

Posted on: November 24, 2021

Fortnite Esports Tournament Dec 11

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Surprise Parks & Recreation and Bravous Esports are teaming up again to offer another Fortnite Esports Tournament on December 11 from 2-5 p.m.! Fortnite is a video game that pits up to 100-players against each other with the...

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Posted on: November 22, 2021

City of Surprise “Deck the Hock” holiday event Dec. 8

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Join City of Surprise for the 5th annual Deck the Hock holiday event! This free, family-friendly celebration will be held on Wednesday, December 8 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. It includes performances by local ...

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Posted on: November 22, 2021

City encourages residents to “Shop Surprise, Shape Surprise”

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As you search for the perfect gifts this holiday season, don’t forget that shopping locally helps to shape your community – so, “Shop Surprise, Shape Surprise!” 

Local sales tax makes up nearly 40 percent of the city’s General Fund revenues. That ...

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Posted on: November 22, 2021

Community invited to ribbon cutting ceremony for two Surprise fire stations completed in 2021

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The community is invited to a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in celebration of two Surprise fire stations built in 2021 – Fire Station 304 in our northern area and Fire Station 308 in southeast Surprise!

The ceremony will be held:

Tuesday, December 14 at 3:30 p.m....

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Posted on: November 19, 2021

City of Surprise offers in person and virtual visits with Santa!

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Have a long list for Santa this year? Don’t worry, there will be plenty of opportunity to visit Ol’ Saint Nick in his workshop or via Zoom! This year the City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department invites you to visit Santa&...

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Posted on: November 18, 2021

City seeks entries for annual Gingerbread House Contest!

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The City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is seeking entries for the 2021 Surprise Party Gingerbread House Contest! Gather your family and friends and create a one of a kind masterpiece.

Entry is free and all materials must be edible. Creation...

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Posted on: November 18, 2021

City of Surprise closures and trash collection schedule changes for Thanksgiving

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City of Surprise administrative offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 25-26 due to Thanksgiving. 

Also due to the holiday, City of Surprise sanitation customers ONLY are reminded there will be a modified trash collection schedule th...

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Posted on: November 17, 2021

New ordinance bans feeding wildlife on city property

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The Surprise City Council approved an ordinance that prohibits the feeding of wild animals on city-owned property, including city parks, at Tuesday evening’s Regular Council Meeting. 

In part, the ordinance aims to protect public health, as congre...

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Posted on: November 16, 2021

Parks & Recreation receives award for adaptive programming

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City of Surprise Parks & Recreation has won the Outstanding Program - Adaptive Program Award through the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association. The Department was selected for the award based on the overwhelming success of Virtual Bingo pr...

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Posted on: November 12, 2021

New “Surprise Lately” Episode

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Have you been searching for more places to play in Surprise? We have just what you're looking for in this episode of Surprise Lately. 

Nichole also tells us about an artisan market for your holiday shopping needs and shares the results of...

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Posted on: November 12, 2021

Winter Break Camp registration opens Nov 17

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Winter Break Camp is right around the corner! The City of Surprise Parks and Recreation Department is offering a two-week Winter Break Camp that will run December 20-30. Camp registration will begin Wednesday, November 17 for Surprise residents and Wednes...

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Posted on: November 10, 2021

Join the City of Surprise for a Day of Service

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Surprise is looking for volunteers for its Day of Service on Saturday, December 11, 2021. Volunteers will participate in various projects throughout the city including landscaping, painting, trimming of shrubs, debris removal and more.

The neighborhood rev...

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Posted on: November 9, 2021

Surprise debuts live web camera capturing City Center views

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Watch a livestream view of Surprise City Center through a new web camera located on top of the Surprise City Hall Parking Garage.

The web camera allows the City to share the beauty and bustle of the Surprise Recreation Campus, which is set within City Cent...

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Posted on: November 8, 2021

Celebrate with us at the 20th Annual Surprise Party

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Celebrate with the City of Surprise at the 20th Annual Surprise Party on Dec. 3 and 4, at the Surprise Recreation Campus! 

This fun-filled event offers a variety of activities and entertainment experiences, and admission is free with a canned food...

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Posted on: November 8, 2021

Surprise trash collection schedule will change Jan. 3

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Surprise trash collection zones will change beginning Monday, January 3, 2022, to balance the number of homes serviced on each collection day as the city continues to grow.

Not all residents will see changes to their trash collection schedule. These change...

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Posted on: November 5, 2021

Surprise Stadium to host Artisan Treasures Christmas Market

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Surprise Stadium will captivate shoppers this holiday season as it welcomes the “Christmas Market” – a one-stop shop, creative market, produced by Artisan Treasures and sponsored by K-Love 89.1. 

The Artisan Treasures...

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Posted on: November 4, 2021

Surprise seeking sponsors, performers and art submissions for MLK events

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The City of Surprise is excited to announce two events honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in January 2022. In preparation for the celebrations, the City is seeking sponsors, performers, art contest submissions and...

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Posted on: November 3, 2021

Surprise Voters Approve EPCOR Franchise Extension

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The unofficial results of the November 2 election are in, and Surprise voters have approved an EPCOR franchise extension.

This approval extends a previous 25-year agreement with EPCOR Water for an additional 25 years, allowing the company to construct, mai...

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Posted on: November 1, 2021

Register now for Winter Youth Sports!

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The City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is now taking registrations for Winter Youth Sports, including Jr. Suns Basketball, Kickball and NFL Flag Football Leagues, as well as Camps, Classes, and Esports tournaments. Registration for our 202...

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Posted on: November 1, 2021

Surprise Schools Open Fields to Community

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Dysart Unified School District has issued the following news release…

Dysart Unified School District is excited to open school fields in the City of Surprise to the community after school and on weekends. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on October 29 to...

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Posted on: October 28, 2021

Catch early registration for 4th Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K/1K

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Get your Major League juices running at Surprise Stadium on Friday, March 4 with the 4th Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K and 1K Fun Run presented by Palm Valley Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. This 5K & 1K fun run will begin at 7 p...

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Posted on: October 27, 2021

Poetry, art & more! Upcoming winter events in Surprise

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As temperatures cool, the arts scene in Surprise is heating up. You can find amazing arts and cultural events – from theater performances, gallery tours, poetry readings and more! Check out what’s coming up, and mark your calendar to a...

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Posted on: October 26, 2021

Surprise offers multiple new sports classes & clinics featuring new & returning instructors

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The City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is excited to offer new sports classes starting November 8, running through December 17, that include a wide variety of days and times, as well as both intermediate and beginner level options.

Baseball...

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Posted on: October 25, 2021

City breaks ground on community Xeriscape Demonstration Garden

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The City of Surprise has broken ground on a Xeriscape Demonstration Garden on the Surprise City Hall campus, just west of West Valley Arts HQ, thanks to funding support from Arizona Department of Water Resources, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Ma...

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Posted on: October 20, 2021

Signature public art piece planned for City Center

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A signature art piece is slated for the downtown City Center corridor, following approval by the Surprise City Council at Tuesday’s Regular Meeting. 

“Bloom Where You’re Planted,” by artist Brad Oldham, is d...

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Posted on: October 18, 2021

Call of Election 2022

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Public Notice of the City of Surprise, Arizona.

Notice is hereby given that the City of Surprise, Arizona will hold elections as follows:

Primary Election: Tuesday, August 2, 2022General Election: Tuesday, November 8, 2022 (If Applicable)

Offices to be fille...

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Posted on: October 6, 2021

City of Surprise receives excellence awards from the International Economic Development Council

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The City of Surprise Economic Development Department has been recognized with three Excellence in Economic Development Awards by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC):

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Posted on: October 5, 2021

Council appoints Bob Wingenroth as next City Manager

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At tonight’s Regular City Council Meeting, the Surprise City Council voted to appoint someone familiar to the community to serve as the next City Manager.

Bob Wingenroth will replace Michael Frazier, who previously announced plans to retire on January 7, 2...

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Posted on: September 29, 2021

Teen Rec Nights return with Fall Fiesta theme Oct 1

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The City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is excited for the return of Rec Nights for “Fall Fiesta” on Friday, October 1 from 7-10 p.m. for youth grades 6-8 at Sierra Montana Recreation Center - 1481 N. Spring Ln. ...

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Posted on: September 27, 2021

City of Surprise wins two national video awards

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The city of Surprise Marketing & Communications Department earned first and second place wins in the National Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors’ (NATOA) Annual Government Programming Awards.

Surprise took first place in the cate...

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Posted on: September 22, 2021

Council puts pause on City Manager recruitment

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In coordination with their selected third-party recruiter, Surprise City Council is postponing the recruitment for the next city manager.

“Our current City Manager Mike Frazier is not retiring until after the new year, so our council has some tim...

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Posted on: September 20, 2021

Construction complete on Fire Station 308 at Litchfield & Cactus roads

Fire Station 308

Construction is complete on Fire Station 308, located on the south side of Cactus Road, east of Litchfield Road, and the station is operational as of today. 

This public safety project was completed as part of the voter-approved 2017 General Oblig...

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Posted on: September 14, 2021

Pickleball tournaments set to return to Surprise

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Surprise will host a series of tournaments for the fast-growing sport of pickleball, welcoming over 1,900 participants to the city. 

 

The following tournaments will take place at the Surprise Pickleball Courts, located at 14534 W. Tierra ...

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Posted on: September 8, 2021

City continues work to secure water future with an update to Drought Preparedness Plan

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Surprise, along with the other water providers operating within the city, recognize the necessity for protecting our water supply and are committed to providing quality water services to residents and businesses. At the September 7 City Council Meeting, c...

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Posted on: August 25, 2021

Critical home rehabilitation funds available for eligible Surprise residents

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The City of Surprise is currently accepting applications from income-eligible, owner-occupied property owners in Surprise in need of assistance for critical home repairs to ensure the home is healthy and safe to occupy. These programs may also be availabl...

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Posted on: August 23, 2021

Surprise announces next steps in City Manager recruitment

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The Surprise City Council has determined the next steps in the recruitment process for the next City Manager. 

The contracted recruitment firm, CPS HR Consulting, received 59 applications for the position, which will become vacant following the im...

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Posted on: August 17, 2021

Major League Baseball announces 2022 Spring Training schedule

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Major League Baseball, in conjunction with the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers, have released the 2022 Cactus League Spring Training schedule. Opening Day in Surprise, Arizona is set for Saturday, February 26 with the Texas Rangers taking on the Kans...

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Posted on: August 16, 2021

Surprise residents won’t see shortage at the tap as BOR declares “Tier 1” Colorado River shortage

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The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation today announced a Tier 1 shortage for Colorado River operations for 2022, meaning less water supplies available to Arizona. See the announcement, here. Due to Arizona’s priority system, our city supplies will not experience ...

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Posted on: August 5, 2021

Donna Meuse to serve as Human Resources Director

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City Manager Mike Frazier announced today that he has selected Donna Meuse to serve as the next Surprise Human Resources Director.

Meuse has 14 years of progressive experience in the field of Human Resources, 10 of those with the city of Surprise. She has ...

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Posted on: July 21, 2021

Surprise updates RideChoice transportation program to include veterans and raised income limit

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Valley Metro’s RideChoice program, which offers discounted transportation options, has been expanded to allow more access for Surprise residents. All veterans with proof of eligibility will now qualify, and the FY2021 Income Limit Category has b...

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Posted on: July 1, 2021

Surprise Economic Development Director receives “Most Influential Women in AZ Business" honor

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The city of Surprise applauds Economic Development Director Jeanine Jerkovic on being named one of Arizona Business Magazine’s 2021 “Most Influential Women in Arizona Business.”

Jerkovic’s work as the city’s Director of Economic Development attracts busine...

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Posted on: June 28, 2021

Holly Osborn to serve as Parks & Recreation Director

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City Manager Mike Frazier announced today that he has selected Holly Osborn to serve as the next Surprise Parks & Recreation Director.  

Osborn has 18 years of progressive experience with the city of Surprise, most recently as an Assistant Fin...

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Posted on: June 2, 2021

Council adopts FY2022 Budget focused on addressing city growth; adding personnel

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The Surprise City Council approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 City Budget in a Special Meeting Tuesday night. The budget is focused on maintaining our current level of service as the city continues to see steady growth. The budget continues to focus on Cou...

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

City Hall reopens to public 4/12; City Council & public meetings open to in-person attendance

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On Monday, April 12, Surprise City Hall and other city administrative buildings will open to the public, following a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Additionally, meetings of the City Council and all boards and commissions will open to in-person attend...

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Posted on: March 5, 2021

Governor Ducey Announces Next Phase of Business and Safety Protocols

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Governor Doug Ducey today announced the next phase of COVID-19 mitigation.

The announcement follows 7 weeks of declining cases in Arizona, and the distribution of more than 2 million vaccines.

The following changes are reflected in a new Executive Order fro...

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Posted on: February 3, 2021

Say it, Surprise! National Community Survey coming soon

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What do you love about living in Surprise? What services do you value most? What can the city do better to improve the quality of life in our hometown?

You can share your thoughts in the 2021 National Community Survey (NCS)!

What you tell us helps to identi...

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Posted on: January 15, 2021

City debuts anti-litter campaign, “Keep it Beautiful, Surprise!”

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The city of Surprise takes pride in being a safe, clean and attractive city, where residents and businesses can thrive and visitors are impressed. In an effort to keep our city as clean as possible, we are releasing a campaign encouraging residents to &am...

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Posted on: December 18, 2020

DevelopNEXT: Council approves updates to city’s land development ordinances & design standards

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The Surprise City Council approved the adoption of new Land Development Ordinances (LDO) and Planning and Engineering Design Standards (PEDS) at the December 15 City Council Meeting following a more than two-year process that engaged both residents and de...

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Posted on: December 16, 2020

Governor Ducey Shares Latest On COVID-19

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Governor Doug Ducey today toured the vaccine distribution site at the Arizona State Fairgrounds and announced ten Arizona health care frontline workers who will be among the first Arizonans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

After the tour, the Gov...

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Posted on: December 7, 2020

Surprise breaks ground on Fire Station 308 at Litchfield & Cactus roads

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Construction began December 7 on City of Surprise Fire Station 308 at the southeast corner of Litchfield Road and Cactus Road. This voter-approved project is being funded by the 2017 Decide Surprise General Obligation Bond.

The southeast portion of Surpris...

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Posted on: December 2, 2020

Governor Ducey Announces Latest Actions to Fight COVID-19, Increase Hospital Staffing

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Governor Doug Ducey today announced a series of actions to fight the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona.

Today’s actions include: 

  • Update on vaccine distribution plan
  • Executive Order ensuring all Arizonans receive the vaccine without financial barriers
  • Ex...
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Posted on: December 2, 2020

Greenway Rd improvement project begins, Cotton Ln to Sarival Ave

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Construction of the voter-approved Greenway Road improvement project will begin Thursday, December 3.

The project will finish the south half of Greenway Road from 800 feet west of Loop 303 to 1600 feet east of Loop 303 (approximately Cotton Lane to Sarival...

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