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  • Flood Control removing sediment from Rillito River near Camino de la Tierra

    Feb 10, 2022 | Read More News
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     sediment removal
    Sediment is being removed from the Rillito River near Camino de la Tierra to provide
    more room in the channel for floodwaters.
    If you’ve recently been on The Chuck Huckelberry Loop along the Rillito River, you may have seen some heavy equipment rolling through the channel. 

    The Regional Flood Control District has begun removing sediment from the river at Camino de la Tierra. Sediment removal is needed in this location to provide more room in the channel for floodwaters. More than 90,000 cubic yards of material will be removed for this project.

    The removed sediment will be piled at an adjacent location between Interstate 10 and the Rillito to facilitate upcoming adjacent construction work, the Sunset Road – I-10 to River Road connection project.
    This transportation project includes construction of bridges over I-10, Union Pacific Railroad tracks, and the Rillito River. The Arizona Department of Transportation is funding and constructing the I-10 improvements and Pima County and the Regional Transportation Authority the railroad and Rillito River bridges. The final project will connect Sunset Road between Silverbell Road and River Road.
    This coordination helps to reduce the cost of construction materials as well as costs to haul the collected material away. This stockpile will remain until the roadway construction starts, currently planned for fall of 2022.
    During sediment removal, trucks and heavy equipment will frequently drive on Camino de la Tierra. Motorists and Chuck Huckelberry Loop users should proceed with caution in the area. Work will be ongoing at the location for the next several weeks.