Posted 10:39 PM 7/6/2012 : Pima County working to fix flooded roads
TUCSON - Construction workers are about to start work on bridges that will cross the Canada Del Oro Wash at La Cholla Boulevard.
The 2-lane road regularly floods during the monsoon and closes. The last time it happened was Wednesday.
People who live nearby are relieved.
"It's a pain in the neck," Barbara Carlson said. "The sooner that they get it done the better."
The pair of parallel bridges will be about 600 feet long. It is cheaper to build 2 crossings instead of 1 wide bridge. The voter-approved Regional Transportation Authority is paying for most of the project.
Priscilla Cornelio is the Director of the Pima County Department of Transportation. She says fixing flood problems is a high priority.
"Tucson was growing so fast that they were just slapping down some asphalt and following the terrain," Cornelio said. "We're going to be making a big difference all over."
The bridges at the CDO Wash will take about 18 months to build. Construction starts in about a month.
Pima County's biggest projects include Magee Road from Thornydale Road to Oracle Road. They are also widening the road and crossing washes on La Canada Drive from Ina Road to River Road. On the Southwest Side, they are working on Valencia Road between Mark Road and Ajo Highway.
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