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  • El Corazón project to link Loop river parks, bolster river bank protection

    Oct 10, 2019 | Read More News
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    A major new link on the Chuck Huckelberry Loop scheduled to open Saturday, Oct. 12 will better connect the Santa Cruz and Cañada del Oro (CDO) Wash and the Rillito river parks and lay the foundation to move the path away from Interstate 10.

    Named El Corazón for its location at the heart of the County’s rivers, the Regional Flood Control District project included installation of new pedestrian bridges over Rillito Creek and CDO Wash and shored up bank protection on El Corazon projectthe west side of the CalPortland sand and gravel pit at Orange Grove Road.


    Flood Control Civil Engineering Manager John Spiker said the nearly two miles of soil cement will protect the quarry from undercutting by heavy floods in the Santa Cruz and serve as the foundation for a safer, more scenic route for Loop users once CalPortland’s lease expires in 2024.

    “With their trucks coming and going until then, it’s safer to keep foot and bike traffic along the frontage road alignment,” Spiker said. “The move should coincide with the Arizona Transportation Department’s plans to upgrade that section of the interstate.”

    Pima County purchased the quarry in 2012. The District plans to reclaim the site and make it useful as open space or for future development.

    Click on the photo to view a Flickr album of the construction.

    View a map of the area.