Project Details

Gila Drain Storm Drain

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Project Contact: Don Rerick
Region: SE
District: 1 - Denny Barney

During the 1980s, the District, the Salt River Project and the communities of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix and Tempe sought to solve common flooding problems in the southeast valley by enlarging the historic Gila Drain, which outfalls to the Gila River through the Gila River Indian Community. This solution proved to be unfeasible, and the agencies advanced a series of three projects in its place: the 48th Street Storm Drain, the ADOT/Pit Diversion Channel and the Gila Drain Storm Drain.

In partnership with the City of Tempe, the District constructed a storm drain and detention basin along the historic Gila Drain alignment along Rural Road between the Western Canal and Knox Road. The storm drain consists of 84 inch and 96 inch pipe and eliminated the open ditch that previously existed. The storm drain outfalls at a 13.5 acre detention basin at Knox Road. The City of Tempe was the construction lead on the project and is responsible for the structure's operation and maintenance.

Owner and Maintenance: City of Tempe
IGA #: FCD86020


The project was completed in 1988.

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