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  • Four Public Works projects earn awards

    Mar 06, 2015 | Read More News
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    Four Pima County Public Works projects this week won awards from the Southern Arizona chapter of the American Public Works Association. The South Rillito West Central Interceptor Rehabilitation, the Julian Wash Greenway and the La Cholla: Magee to Overton road expansion all received 2015 Project of the Year in their category, and the Orange Grove: Camino de la Tierra to LaCholla expansion received an honorable mention. The projects are currently competing at the state level, and winners from that pool will compete nationally.

    The South Rillito West Central Interceptor Rehab won in the category of environmental projects costing more than $5 million. The original interceptor was installed in 1978 and the project rehabilitated almost four miles of deteriorating 48-inch and 54-inch sewer systems along the south side of the Rillito River between Columbus and Tucson boulevards. It was completed the project ahead of schedule and under budget.

    The Julian Wash Greenway won in the category of structures costing less than $5 million. The Greenway runs along the west bank of the Santa Cruz River Park from Silverlake Road to Rita Road and showcases the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert.
    The project provided 2.7 new miles of 16-foot asphalt multi-use path as a part of the Loop path system, replacing a temporary on-road bike lane portion of path with a roadway-separated safe path. The project highlighted coordination among several Pima County departments and was funded by a nontraditional public-private partnership, between the Community Benefit Healthcare Foundation and Pima County.

    The La Cholla Boulevard: Magee to Overton project won in the category of transportation projects costing more than $20 million. This $24.7 million roadway project consists of constructing a four-lane arterial roadway with a raised median along the La Cholla Boulevard alignment from just north of Magee Road to just north of Overton Road. It was delivered $3.6 million under budget and featured environmentally sensitive roadway design principles, which led to reduced environmental impact, protected visual corridors and incorporated artistic elements to improve visual aesthetics.

    The Orange Grove: Camino de la Tierra to LaCholla project won an honorable mention in the category of transportation projects costing between $5 and $20 million. This project was a key road widening and was coordinated with a local developer to make the most of public-private funding options. Widening this section from three lanes to five reduced congestion and enhanced safely along the road.

    Each year local projects and professionals are recognized for their contributions to the local public works profession and the community as a whole by the American Public Works Association, Southern Arizona Branch Chapter.