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  • Regional Flood Control District project to be dedicated tomorrow

    Nov 01, 2012 | Read More News
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    The Arroyo Chico Phase 2B-Park Avenue Basins Dedication Ceremony will take place Friday, Nov. 2, at a 2:30 pm, at the northwest corner of Highland Avenue and 14th Street. This Phase, part of The Tucson Area Drainage Project, provides flood control, a 1.3-mile extension of the multi-use paved pathway, and18.5 acres of riparian restoration, as well as turf areas for use by adjacent residents.

    “The Cherry Field and Park Avenue basins protect 1,048 residential, commercial and industrial structures. The Del Urich Basin protected 241 structures,” says Suzanne Shields, Regional Flood Control District Director about the entire project. “The value of these protected structures is $250 million. Other structures protected include 43 public buildings and major transportation infrastructure including Broadway, I-10 and Union Pacific Railroad.”

    The multi-use pathway along Arroyo Chico is a bonus amenity. The paved pathway provides connections to the Golf Links-Aviation Path and Rattlesnake Bridge, gateway to downtown Tucson. The City of Tucson has future plans to connect the Arroyo Chico path to Reid Park and points east.

    The project was built in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pima County, the City of Tucson and the Tucson Unified School District. It is a multi-phased flood control, environmental restoration and recreation project that encompasses the area along the Tucson Arroyo and Arroyo Chico, from Alvernon Way to its confluence with the Santa Cruz River at St. Mary’s Road.

    Total project cost in 2012 dollars for planning, design, right-of-way, and construction is $77 million. Pima County is the local sponsor providing 35 percent of the project cost with the federal share provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 65 percent of project costs.