White Tanks FRS No. 4 Dedication
The White Tanks Flood Retarding Structure (FRS) Number (No.) 4 has been completed; a monumental achievement celebrated last month by Wood/Patel and other companies involved in the project. Located south of the I-10 and Jackrabbit Trail Exit, this structure was originally constructed in 1954 to provide flood protection by slowly and safely releasing the flood water, but decades of wear and tear had begun to show in the early 2000s. Wood/Patel was a part of the Ninyo & Moore team which worked closely with the Flood Control District of Maricopa County, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Arizona Department of Water Resources, and numerous others in this multi-year endeavor. By developing construction documents as well as detailed hydrology, Wood/Patel helped to not only reinforce the structure, but to improve upon its design for continued strength and performance with extended embankments, emergency spillway, and outlet system. The new life of the dam was celebrated at a recent dedication with a boulder monument outfitted with a plaque near Roosevelt Street. We are grateful to Ninyo & Moore and the agencies for this opportunity and were honored to help preserve both the structure and the thousands of lives it protects.