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Project Objectives

The overall approach has been to close a straight and narrow bypass segment that was steeply channelized in the mid-1960s, and return the river to its broad and gentle-gradient natural meandering channel on the east side of the highway. That channelized segment has been responsible for highly accelerated erosion over the past 40+ years that has been estimated as removing and transporting>14.1 million cubic feet of soil, rock, and debris (enough to cover a football field and pile it up almost 300 feet high!). Some zones are no longer narrow but have been advancing toward the highway roadbase at a rate that clearly concerned DOT engineers and maintenance staff. Halting the excessive erosion and rejuvenating the streamside habitat is fully anticipated to result in improved water quality in this portion of the Rio Puerco's Upper Main Stem.