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Canyon Crest Becomes Cone Zone

Reduced Traffic Flow On Canyon Crest

Work will take two months.

(April 10, 2006)

Riverside, Calif. -- For those of you who like the scenery along Canyon Crest Drive between University Ave. and Linden Street, we’ve got good news. You’re going to have a lot more time to enjoy it. Starting April 17, traffic on Canyon Crest will be reduced to one lane in each direction as part of the Arroyo Flood and Enhancement Project.

The work on Canyon Crest is needed to construct a large boxed culvert across the street between the softball field and what used to be Watkins House. The work will be done in two phases so that the flow of traffic can be maintained at all times,

“It’s basically a seven by seven foot square concrete culvert that will allow storm water to be diverted in the event of a huge flood,” said Dan Johnson, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Design and Construction. Vehicular traffic isn’t the only traffic that will be rerouted; pedestrian traffic along the street will also be diverted.

The first phase of the Canyon Crest construction should be completed by May 16th. The second phase will begin May 17 is expected to be completed by June 9. After that, crews will move on to another phase of the Arroyo Flood and Enhancement project.

The project, which began in January of this year, will take approximately one year to complete. It is needed to reduce flooding a severe winter’s runoff could cause if it overwhelmed the existing drainage system. It will include construction of new inlet facilities, a new detention basin for rain water, re-grading of existing channels and basins, installation of new box culverts and construction of a new outlet structure.


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