Work has begun on a 2.7-mile segment of The Loop along the Julian Wash between Alvernon Way and Kino Parkway, according to Pima County.

The new 16-foot-wide segment will be a car-free, shared-use path for bicyclists and pedestrians between Augie Acuña Los Niños Park and the Tucson Diversion Channel southwest of Kino Sports Complex.

The contractor is Granite Construction.

The project is expected to be finished this fall and will complete the Julian Wash Greenway.

The Greenway is a shared-use path more than 14 miles long between the Santa Cruz River segment of The Loop and Rita Road, according to the county.

The project is funded by the Community Healthcare Benefit Foundation of Pima County, which includes Tucson Medical Center and Carondelet Health Network, and is a community group effort to improve health and fitness outcomes in the region.

For more information go to webcms.pima.gov/government/the_loop online.