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  • Improvements coming as part of several Loop projects

    Dec 21, 2016 | Read More News
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    If you’re looking for ways to work off those holiday cookies and candies, the Pima County Bicycle and Pedestrian Program has lots of options. Just hit The Loop, where updates to a number of projects along the shared-use pathway are making it better than ever. 

    Bridge on the LoopA new bike-pedestrian bridge is being built over Camino de la Tierra on the south bank of the Rillito River, beginning Jan. 9. The bridge will allow pedestrians and cyclists to cross east-west over Camino de la Tierra and not have to worry about the at-grade intersection. The construction will close The Loop on the east side of Camino de la Tierra. Expected completion date is Sept. 8, 2017.  Detour signing for east-bounders will start at the west end of the job and guide them through the parking lot, through the Camino de la Tierra dip and over to the north bank of the Rillito. Closure notices and detour signing for west-bounders will start as far east as the east side of La Cholla. Users will need to cross to the north bank of the Rillito if they want to proceed west of Camino de la Tierra.

    The Arizona Department of Transportation project to construct a bridge over I-10 and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks at Ina Road will close The Loop south of Ina Road at Ted Walker Road and north of Ina Road at the Crossroads at Silverbell District Park for approximately two years. Once the bridge project is completed, there will be Loop trail underpasses on each side of the Santa Cruz River, new access ramps to Ina Road and new bike lanes and sidewalks along Ina Road.

    Progress continues on the Pantano River Park project from Glenn to Tanque Verde. The project is on track for completion in fall 2017. In addition, officials also have constructed the first 1,000 feet east of Craycroft on the south bank of the Pantano. The county is continuing to meet and work with property owners east of there with the goal of implementing the Pantano River Park all the way to Glenn.
     
    The Sunset Road extension project, including a new roadway and bridge over the Santa Cruz connecting I-10 and Silverbell, is moving quickly. There are temporary delays at the Santa Cruz path intersection with Sunset and the I-10 intersection, so users need to exercise patience and use caution. Information on the Sunset Road project and several other PCDOT projects can be found at the PCDOT website.
      
    Minor safety projects have recently been completed on the Tucson Diversion Channel section of The Loop at the Veteran’s Memorial Overpass (Palo Verde Road at Aviation Highway). The older section of pathway had sunk in that location so that was corrected and safety rail added on each side of the bridge.
     
    An improved crossing of the Julian Wash Greenway at 12th Avenue is in the works, with construction anticipated in the new year. The improvement includes a raised pedestrian-bike crossing that requires drivers to slow substantially and allows improved access for pedestrians and cyclists.
     
    Regional partners including South Tucson, Tucson, Pima County and the Regional Transportation Authority continue work on the design and construction of the El Paso & Southwestern Greenway pathway project. The project includes a six-mile paved, shared-use path (and separate dirt path where feasible) that runs from just east of I-10 at St. Marys to The Loop at the Kino Environmental Restoration Project southeast of 36th Street and Campbell Ave. You can find out more about the project at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/files/bicycle/masterplandocument_final_may2012.pdf. Construction is expected to begin next year. 
     
    The last Loop outreach event of 2016 with Pima County Bike Ambassadors is Saturday, Dec. 31, along the Julian Wash Greenway at Augie Acuña Los Niños Park. The January/February schedule may be found here

    Pima County Bike Ambassadors will be teaming with Wheels for Kids to deliver refurbished bikes to deserving students at Doolen Middle School and Dietz Elementary School on Thursday, Dec. 22. Wheels for Kids comprises mostly retirees who take used bicycles, repair them and donate them to kids who might not otherwise be able to ride their own bikes. Deliveries are:

    The Town of Marana has an app (My Marana) that you can use from your smartphone to contact the town and request maintenance work on Marana infrastructure, including the Marana section of The Loop located north of Ina Road. The Town of Marana and Pima County also have some additional Santa Cruz River Park projects in the works. For more information on the app and the projects, please contact Brian Varney at Bvarney@maranaaz.gov.
      
    More than 22,000 new Loop maps have now been distributed throughout the region, the U.S., and even internationally in just the past 30 days. If you need a map, contact Matthew Zoll (matthew.zoll@pima.gov) soon—they’re going fast. 


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