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  • High School Wash storm drain ribbon cutting

    Apr 17, 2015 | Read More News
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    supervisor eliasAbout fifty people came out April 16 to celebrate the ribbon cutting for the High School Wash Storm Drain, the final part of the four-part Tucson Drainage Area/Arroyo Chico project. District 5 Supervisor Richard Elías was Master of Ceremonies.

    chuck huckelberrySpeakers included U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Brigadier General Mark Toy, District 2 Supervisor Ramón Valadez, Tucson Unified School District Superintendent H.T. Sánchez, Pima County Regional Flood Control District Director Suzanne Shields and County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry.

    The High School Wash Storm Drain, which cost approximately $4.2 million, consists of 776 linear feet of a new concrete box culvert that connects with the existing 1930’s vintage concrete box culvert under Tucson High School. The new storm drain efficiently moves storm flow from the inlet at Euclid Avenue east to Tucson High School into the new 8th Street storm drain system, and ultimately into the Santa Cruz River. It will significantly reduce flooding around Tucson High School and the 4th Avenue businesses.

    The Tucson Drainage Area/Arroyo Chico area encompasses approximately six miles of the Arroyo Chico Wash (also known as Tucson Arroyo) from Alvernon Way to its convergence with the Santa Cruz River near St. Mary's Road. It included improvements in the Del Urich Golf Course/Randolph South Detention Basin, the Cherry Field Detention Basin and Railroad Wash Confluence, and the Park Avenue Basin Complex.