ADOT to build “high-speed” path along 202 Freeway

Having ADOT agree to construct a 20′ wide “high speed” bike facility that will be six miles long with less than five street crossings (first of its kind in AZ, and maybe the whole country) could be part of a major sea change in Arizona. This is on par with the Hwy 179 re-construction between Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek in north central AZ. Both projects are “ground-breaking” departures from ADOTs past behavior, even though the ultimate “maintenance owner” of the project will be a locality and/or groups
of bicycle-supporting entities. Bike lanes will also be added to the Chandler Boulevard extension as a result of meetings with the same group, which includes City of Phoenix.

Everyone listed as a signer in the attached letter had a valuable role in making this happen. Bicycling community kudos go especially to Joe Struttmann, who was what I like to call “the pit-bull on the pant leg” with respect to ADOT. We will continue to push ADOT to become more bicycle-friendly (watch for updates on this and other issues within the next couple of months). Bicyclists can be heard…we have to offer constructive options to ADOT, and speak from a base of support. Bicyclists who want better, more safe riding conditions need to join the efforts and speak up.
They need to join groups such as the Pecos Action Group, Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists, Arizona Bicycling Club, Living Streets Alliance
(Tucson), GABA (Tucson), CASAZ (southern AZ), Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition and/or other advocacy groups and ask for and be present in meetings that impact our bicycling environment (infrastructure, education, allocation of transportation funding, etc.).

Please read and share the attached letter to show what is possible when people work together in their community.

Also, if you can, please join us at the 2017 Arizona Bicycling Summit this Friday 3/31/2017 at the Mesa Convention Center.

Bob Beane
President, Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists

 


 

Dear Residents,

On March 22nd , we had a very productive and successful meeting with ADOT regarding the construction of the 202 Freeway. The meeting was led by Arizona State Representative Jill Norgaard, and attended by Arizona State Senator Sean Bowie, Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio, Ahwatukee Village Planning Committee Chair Chad Blostone, Foothills HOA President Bill Fautsch, Club West Vice President Mike Hinz, Pecos Action Group President Joe Struttman, Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists President Bob Beane, high level staff from the City of Phoenix, ADOT Director John Halikowski and his staff.

This was a collective effort by all of us, regardless of party lines, to work together to solve significant issues facing our community. The majority of the issues below were resolved at this meeting.

Here are some of the items discussed:

1) Chandler Blvd Extension– the major concern was to design a safe and usable roadway that could accommodate vehicular traffic, cycling and pedestrians. As you may recall, this was originally designed with just two lanes. The roadway is now under construction with a much safer design which includes a center turn lane and two approximate five-foot (5 ft) bicycle lanes. Construction has started and is estimated to be completed this summer.

2) Request to extend traffic study to Desert Foothills/Chandler Blvd and Ray Rd/Chandler Blvd, including the intersection of Ray and Chandler. With the planned 202 footprint, it is critical for Phoenix to have a true analysis of the impact of traffic on our communities. The City has already begun this study and is reaching out to community leaders for input.

3) Shared Use Path running along the southern side of the 202- The final design will be completed shortly with direction to make it compatible with high speed bicycle use. This facility will be the first of its kind in the nation and is expected to bring cycling enthusiast from all around the state to our community. This started as an idea and has now transformed into what could be the first cycling park of this kind in the nation thanks to the collaboration of this group.

4) 32nd street emergency access and future intersection options- ADOT has agreed to creat an emergency access point for our schools in this immediate area.

5) Explore alternative water sources and water infrastructure for Ahwatukee- ADOT has agreed to bring a sleeve from the southern area of the freeway to the north side to help with a water solution. This should solve the water issue for Foothills, and creates a partial solution for Club West.

We are all committed to continue working together for a solution to completely solve this problem and we are happy to have ADOT’s support thus far.

As we continue the progress, we will keep you updated through a series of these open letters.

Sincerely,

Sal DiCiccio / Phoenix City Council District 6

Jill Norgaard / Arizona State Representative District 18

Sean Bowie / Arizona State Senator District 18

Chad Blostone / Ahwatukee Village Planning, Committee Chairman

Bill Fautsch / Foothills HOA President

Mike Hinz / Club West Vice President

Joe Struttman / Pecos Action Group President

Bob Beane / Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists President

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