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  • Slope repair will close part of The Chuck Huckelberry Loop

    Aug 11, 2020 | Read More News
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    Pima County and its contractors will begin a repair Aug. 17 on the earthen slope along the north bank of the Rillito River just west of the Country Club Road bridge that will require closing a section of The Chuck Huckelberry Loop for about two months. 
    Rillito closure map
    Loop users will be detoured to the south bank between Mountain Avenue and Country Club for the duration of the project. Signage will warn users of the upcoming detour.

    The slope has seen a gradual deterioration over the years, said Andy Dinauer, deputy director of Pima County’s Regional Flood Control District. “A number of temporary, stop-gap repair measures have been used over the years to slow this erosion but the steepness of the slope has allowed that erosion to continue.”

    This more permanent slope repair and restoration project is moving forward thanks to the purchase of some property at the top of the slope. It will include a dual retaining wall system at the base of the slope coupled with raising the elevation of the pathway and grading a more favorable slope on the hillside, Dinauer explained. That rebuilt hillside will support a variety of native vegetation including trees, shrubs, grasses and low groundcover).

    “This is one of the most heavily used sections of The Loop, which makes it all the more imperative that we get that slope repaired to ensure the safety of all our users,” Dinauer said.

    Note: Click on map to open larger version.