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Pima road workers clean up after monsoon

Pima road workers clean up after monsoon

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Some roads in Pima County were closed part of Wednesday because of damage from monsoon storms.

Overton Road at the Canada Del Oro wash re-opened Wednesday afternoon after it took Pima County road workers about a day to clear the mess there.

Pima County has about 90 maintenance workers that head out when storms get bad, according to Director of transportation Priscilla Cornelio.

Workers spent part of Wednesday cleaning up mud and debris along many roads left over from Tuesday’s storms.

When heavy rain starts to fall, crews get dispatched to put up road closure signs and clean up roads to minimize the amount of time roads are closed.

Some roads have seen improvements just in time for the monsoon this year like the bridge over the Canada Del Oro wash on La Cholla Boulevard, according to Cornelio.  

However, improvements like that can be costly. That project alone cost about $25 million, according to Cornelio.

So far this year, clean up costs have been lower than what we have seen in past years, according to Cornelio.

“I remember a few years ago where we had a lot of storms and the amount of money we spent on storm cleanup approached $1 million," Cornelio said Wednesday. "This year our average budget is about $200,000 a year.”

Cornelio wants to remind drivers to obey road closures during storms. Also, she said drivers should not cross rushing water along roads because it can be very dangerous.

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