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  • Julian Wash Greenway wins national award

    Apr 27, 2015 | Read More News
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    Pima County’s linear park system is one of the most popular outdoor amenities in Tucson, and now one section has been recognized as the best public works project in the nation.cyclists on Julian Wash

    This week, the American Public Works Association announced that the Julian Wash Linear Park took first place in the APWA category of structures costing less than $5 million. The park is part of the 100-plus mile Loop shared-use path system that rings Tucson and has arteries to outlying municipalities.

    “It’s kind of like winning an Oscar,” said Project Manager Nancy Cole. “You’re being recognized by your peers in public works as having an exceptional project on a number of levels. It is pretty exciting.”

    County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, a major proponent of The Loop and an avid cyclist on the path, said the award highlights Pima County’s innovation and foresight.

    “This is a prime example of how public-private investment can be beneficial to a community,” Huckelberry said. “It is also an excellent illustration of incorporating community recreation into what might have been only a flood-control project. I’m very proud of our team.”

    The Greenway, which was completed in November of 2014, 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.

    Coordination among several Pima County departments was needed to complete the project, which was funded by a nontraditional public-private partnership between the Community Benefit Healthcare Foundation and Pima County. The project development team also included engineers from Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., and the construction manager at risk was Granite Construction.

    The winners of the Public Works Projects will be highlighted in the July issue of APWA Reporter magazine.