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Work will continue to move forward on a city drainage project to help eliminate the type of flooding that occurred over the last decade that left a path of destruction in its wake.

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Sedona City Council approved a public infrastructure cost-sharing agreement with Tlaquepaque and Los Abrigados, through resolution. These agreements are for the construction of the Brewer Road/Tlaquepaque Drainage Improvements Project. The agreements will allow project funding of $250,000 from each of the two partners, and the balance of approximately $1.5 million from the city for the construction work that is budgeted for the current and following fiscal year.


This is the fourth phase of this drainage project with the previous three being completed between 2014 and 2016. This phase is set to begin next month and be completed in June. This phase would consist of repairing Soldier Wash from Brewer Road to Oak Creek.

“We need to improve the capacity of this wash downstream before we improve the capacity upstream,” City Engineer Andy Dickey said.

This project is a result of severe flooding in 2009 and 20011. This fourth phase will increase the capacity of Soldier Wash from the existing 1,084 cubic feet per second to 2,200 cubic feet per second.

The Phase 4 improvements for Soldier Wash will create capacity in the wash to meet the city standard of the 25-year storm event from the downstream side of the Brewer Road crossing to Oak Creek, a city report states.

The report goes on to state that in 2013 there was an understanding between the city and Tlaquepaque and Los Abrigados that each would contribute $250,000 apiece for Phase 4 since it directly impacts those two properties. Both sustained damage during the monsoon floods of 2009 and 2011.

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