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  • Julian Wash Linear Park wins project of year honor

    Aug 24, 2015 | Read More News
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    Julian WashThe American Public Works Association has named Pima County’s Julian Wash Linear Park Project winner of the 2015 Public Works Project of the Year. County officials will pick up the award at the association’s International Public Works Congress & Exposition Awards Ceremony Aug. 30-Sept. 2 in Phoenix.

    The awards are presented annually to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects, recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, contractor, consultant and their cooperative achievements. APWA selected projects in five categories including: Disaster/Emergency, Environment, Historical Restoration, Structures and Transportation. The Julian Wash Linear Park Project was awarded in the APWA Project of the Year - Structures category at a cost less than $5 million.

    The team of winners includes Pima County, as the managing agency; Granite Construction, as the primary contractor; and Kimley-Horn as the primary consultant.

    Project managers initially considered the area unable to be developed. It’s an extremely narrow corridor without bank protection along the Julian Wash section of The Loop between Alvernon Way and Campbell Avenue. Providing a path that would function integrally with the highly erosive wash environment seemed nearly impossible. 

    Eventually, though Kimley-Horn’s lead designer creatively aligned the path through existing development, eroded and degraded areas, and around existing utilities. Although the county envisioned the project to be a series of smaller packages delivered sequentially, the planned delivery changed when a local community health foundation approached the county searching for a project similar to the Linear Park to invest in. By creating a public- private partnership, the team was able to secure federal money to benefit local indigent healthcare, while still installing the recreational public works improvement as planned.

    Though the construction was challenged by monsoon season delays, the Julian Wash Linear Park Project was substantially completed on time, including installation of a bridge in the week prior to their opening event Nov. 1, 2014.

    This segment of the Julian Wash helps connect some of the region’s most underserved neighborhoods with the rest of the community via the Loop, offering opportunities for active recreation and alternative transportation.  Sunnyside School District has embraced this amenity and partnered with the Pima County Bike Program to bring bike safety classes to many of their students.