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  • Pantano Wash Flood Control improvements win regional award

    Feb 14, 2019 | Read More News
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    File: Pantano Wash Bank Protection and River Park ProjectThe Pima County Regional Flood Control District project that closed the final gap in the Chuck Huckelberry Loop received a "Project of the Year" honor from the Southern Arizona Branch of the American Public Works Association on Feb. 14. 

    The Pantano Wash Bank Protection and River Park Project won among structures with budgets between $5 million and $25 million.

    The work involved building soil cement bank protection and both paved and decomposed granite trails running 1.3 miles along the Pantano's west bank between Ft. Lowell Park and Tanque Verde Road and included landscaping, a parking and staging area, a pedestrian bridge over Rose Hill Wash, public art and educational kiosks with archeological and historical information, a sitting area near the Costco warehouse, and a grade control structure designed to limit erosion in the riverbed. On the east bank, the soil cement and trails extend some 1,300 feet from Tanque Verde Road. Funding for the $8.2 million job came from the Pima County Regional Flood Control District tax levy, a secondary property tax.

    "It's extremely gratifying to have our work recognized by the APWA," Flood Control Director Suzanne Shields said. "We're also glad to see that hundreds of people enjoy using the extension of the river park each day. Being able to provide a public amenity while also protecting lives and property is the whole reason we do what we do."

    Shields will accept the award March 28 at the APWA's annual banquet which recognizes individuals, public agencies, projects and private sector members for their contributions to the advancement of public works infrastructure and programs throughout Southern Arizona. The celebration will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the second floor auditorium of Tucson Electric Power's Headquarters in Downtown Tucson.