Flood Control work to impact travel on Swan Road and The Loopby Pima County News on Mar. 18, 2013, under Pima County, Regional Flood Control District, Southern Arizona, The Loop, Transportation
Beginning on Wednesday, March 20, Pima County Regional Flood Control District (RFCD) will begin the process of removing sediment from the Rillito River east of Swan Road. RFCD will remove excess sediment in order to improve the flood-carrying capacity of the channel. Loop users should continue to enjoy the paths, but should watch for trucks in this area. Drivers should also be prepared for additional truck traffic on Swan Road.
The contractor, Ashton Company, intends to route approximately 60 to 70 trucks with sediment daily from the channel to the dirt parking lot located at the southeast corner of Swan Road and the Rillito River. The trucks then will travel southbound on Swan Road to a destination south of the Tucson International Airport. Operations will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Ashton will post a flagger/spotter for traffic control at The Loop shared use path crossing location east of the Swan Road Bridge. Bicyclists and pedestrians can expect minor delays at the location of the truck crossing. Other than the truck traffic, all sediment-removal activities will occur in the bottom of the wash area.
RFCD anticipates the project will last approximately one month.
The Loop path encompasses both banks of four major river systems or waterways. Pima County residents and visitors can enjoy biking, walking, or running along the Rillito River, the Santa Cruz River, the Pantano Wash, the Julian Wash and the Harrison Greenway. The Loop also has path extensions along tributary washes or extensions. These include the Tanque Verde Wash and the Cañada del Oro Wash.
More than one third of the metropolitan population lives within a half mile of the Loop or Loop extended paths.
For more information about The Loop, visit: www.pima.gov/TheLoop.