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La Canada project cost $6.8 million, lasted 3 years

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Posted: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 12:00 am

After nearly three years, the roadway improvement and reclaimed water expansion project along La Cañada Drive in Oro Valley is complete.

On Jan. 20, construction along the street between Tangerine Road and Naranja Drive wrapped up, and in a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week town officials commended the work and dedication that went into completing the project.

A year ago, the stretch of road was a two-lane street.

It now consists of four lanes with a 6-foot sidewalk along the east side of the road and a 10-foot multi-use path along the west side.

Artwork has been integrated with the noise barrier, and a special asphalt/rubber pavement was used to dampen traffic noise.

“I love it. I think it is really nice,” said nearby resident Marge Bandemer, who showed up for the ribbon cutting with friend Lowell Johnson. “I really think they did a wonderful job on the walls. We take walks around here and really enjoy it.”

With the town working closely with the Hilton El Conquistador Country Club, officials were able to reach an agreement to reconfigure the course’s fourth hole, eliminating the cost and maintenance of a 120-foot golf ball net that would have been required to prevent balls from striking vehicles traveling along the road.

The total cost for the RTA road project was $6,823,250 — lower than the $8 million allocated for the project through the High Expansion Loan Program, according to a town release.

While completing the road project, the town expanded its existing wastewater reclamation system nearby. The $5.1-million expansion was designed to bring reclaimed water to Painted Sky Elementary School, at Woodburne Avenue south of Moore Road, and two Hilton 18-hole golf courses along La Cañada Drive, the release said.

Town officials estimate that the new reclamation system will deliver approximately 326 million gallons annually to those three locations.

The addition now supplies five golf courses and an elementary school, recovering roughly 815 million gallons of water each year, the release said.

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