A major sewer project has restricted access to a parking area near the Rillito River portion of The Loop.

The sewer rehabilitation project has shut down the intersection of North Columbus Boulevard and East Paradise Falls Drive, near East Fort Lowell Road, blocking access to a circle drive and parking area adjacent to the popular bicycling and pedestrian path, according to a Pima County news release.

The county is encouraging bicyclists, joggers and walkers to access The Loop by using one of the following alternate routes:

• Take Riverhaven Drive north from Fort Lowell Road to Paradise Falls Drive. Go west to North Pebble Rapids Place and then north to a parking area with restrooms and water along The Loop path.

• Take Paradise Falls Drive east from Alvernon Way (between Fort Lowell Road and the Rillito); and turn north onto North Pebble Rapids Place to the parking area with the restrooms and water.

• Take Swan Road north from Fort Lowell Road; turn east on North Paseo de Los Rios; and take the first left turn, at the Rillito River Park entrance, to a parking area along The Loop path.

• Park at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, on Dodge Boulevard south of Alvernon Way; head south on the Dodge Boulevard bridge over the Rillito; and take the path on the southeast end of the bridge to The Loop.

The Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department is rehabilitating the South Rillito West Central Interceptor, a major sewer line bordered by the Rillito River to the north, Tucson Boulevard to the west, Columbus Boulevard to the east and Fort Lowell Road to the south.

The restrictions are expected to last until late April.

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Contact reporter Jamar Younger at jyounger@azstarnet.com or 573-4242. On Twitter: @JamarYounger