Portion of SRP Canal in Phoenix To Be Drained Starting Friday

By on January 5, 2023 0 231Views

Starting Friday, drivers around some Phoenix canal banks should be aware that maintenance to repair monsoon damage is scheduled and could impact your commute time.

From January 6 to February 8, SRP crews will be repairing the canal lining from Arizona Falls at 56th Street and Indian School Road in Phoenix to about 48thStreet. This will require Arizona Falls to be closed during this time.

Due to the unprecedented monsoons this summer, portions of Arizona Canal were damaged. Crews will be working to repair the damage from Beeline Highway to the Indian Bend Siphon just west of Hayden Road.

Crews will be in the canal using large nets to herd white amur fish and will load them onto hauling tanks that will deliver them to other portions of the canal system.

Front loaders and heavy equipment will be used to pull silt and dirt from the canal and moving it to large dump trucks throughout the dry-up.

There will be signage posted on the Arizona Canal from 48th Street to the Beeline Highway where the canals banks will be closed to all traffic including bikes and pedestrians. This northside dry-up will result in increased construction traffic on canal banks as SRP crews work to remove silt, replace concrete lining and repair gates as well as make repairs from the monsoon.

SRP is responsible for keeping its canal system in operating condition during normal water deliveries. Canal dry-ups allow SRP as well as other utilities and municipalities to perform construction and maintenance activities in and around the canals. SRP crews also will use the dry-up to examine the canals and underwater structures to look for evidence of invasive adult quagga mussels.