Feb 15, 2013 12:33 PM by Faye DeHoff

Paving to be completed on the Rillito section of the Loop

TUCSON - Paving will be completed today on the south bank of the Rillito River.

Pima County and its subcontractor will finish the project between Camino de la Tierra and La Cholla Boulevard. Earlier this month, handrails and gates were adjusted for easier navigation on this section of The Loop. Center and edge striping will be added in
the near future.

The 16-foot-wide path will make it easier to walk, run, push a stroller, ride a bike or rollerblade. Path users can enjoy unobstructed views of the Catalina Mountains, the Tucson Mountains and the Rincon Mountains.

This section of The Loop is also a great way to access ball fields at Curtis Park and Flowing Wells Park. Thrill-seeking bicyclists can check out the pump track at Kory Laos BMX Park.

Starting Feb. 18, on the north bank of the Rillito River between Alvernon Way and Craycroft Road, Pima County and its subcontractor will move sections of handrail and remove gate protrusions. Next, this north bank path will be widened and repaved.

Also in February, a dirt and cement portion of the south bank between Dodge Boulevard and Alvernon Way Bridge underpass will be paved and striped.

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. 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.

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