The City of Mesa plans to construct a shared use pathway from Center Street and the Tempe Canal to the southeast corner of Dobson Road and the Red Mountain Freeway (near the Bass Pro Shop). The project includes a combination of shared use pathways and cycle tracks weaving through the neighborhoods with signalized pedestrian crossings at Center St and the canal and at Country Club Drive and the canal. Street improvements and enhanced landscaping is also included on Brown/Date Street, 10th Street, and Alma School Road.
We are excited to complete this “missing link” in our planned shared use path. The completed project links Mesa to its neighboring cities. With the improved landscaping, pathway surfacing, and lighting the pathway will be more inviting and encourage our residents to walk, bike or run along this safe and designated area.
Route Map [PDF]
Project Renderings [PDF]
This project began in December 2016 and is estimated to be completed by Spring 2017.
MONTHLY UPDATE - April 26, 2017
The contractor working on the Stadium Connector Shared Use Pathway is moving right along! The work on Brown Road has been completed except for some miscellaneous electrical work and re-striping some areas.
Alma School Road is ALMOST completed!! Have you noticed less barricades? Part of the project is to restripe the entire roadway; however, last week while obliterating the existing striping we soon discovered that there are many layers of paint! If we had continued to use the typical methods for obliterating the old striping, it would have scarred the roadway and there would still be faint markings along the asphalt. In addition, the quality of work would have appeared shoddy and it could potentially be confusing and hard to see the actual lane lines. The solution - apply a slurry seal to the entire roadway and then re-stripe. This work is currently being scheduled for mid to late May and will last for approximately one week. Once there is an approved construction schedule we will notify the public of the work and what the new barricade set-up will look like.
This additional work on Alma School Road WILL NOT affect the schedule for 10th Street. In fact, the contractor is scheduled to begin constructing sidewalks on the south side of 10th Street from Alma School Road to Westwood beginning on May 8, 2017.
The pathway running along the north side of Bass Pro from Alma School Road to the 202 Freeway is scheduled to be completed by July/August, 2017.
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WHY CREATE SHARED USE PATHWAYS IN MESA?
A system of pathways connecting Valley communities has been a goal of the different cities for several years. The Rio Salado Pathway which was just completed runs along the Tempe Town Lake and connects Mesa to Tempe. The Stadium Connector Pathway ties the Rio Salado Pathway into the existing consolidated canal pathway at Center Street which travels through Mesa and into Gilbert. These pathway projects were approved by the Mesa voters as part of the 2012 Parks Bond (see a complete list of projects included in the bond program at http://www.mesaaz.gov/about-us/city-projects/bonds/parks-bond).
WHY CREATE A PATHWAY OR CYCLE TRACK ON COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE AND ON ALMA SCHOOL ROAD? WHY NOT STAY ALONG THE CANAL?
The City’s original thought was to construct the Stadium Connector pathway along the canal from Country Club Drive to Dobson Road; however, after extensive research and multiple meetings between the City of Mesa, Salt River Project, and the Mesa Country Club, it was determined that this was not feasible. First, there were issues with the land rights and private property. The City would have had to purchase right-of-way to construct the pathway in some areas (which is expensive). Second, the canal that runs through the Mesa Country Club has a steep embankment and a spillway that is not conducive to a pedestrian trail. Third, a “cage” would have to be constructed around the pathway to protect the pedestrians from stray golf balls. These factors and conditions made it too expensive and unrealistic to construct the pathway along the canal.
The decision to eliminate one southbound lane on Country Club Drive and one northbound lane on Alma School Road was not made lightly. The City analyzed the traffic flows on both major arterial streets and found that the amount of traffic has consistently decreased in the last several years.
The volume of traffic no longer warrants six lanes on these two roadways. Traffic counts, daily volumes as well as detailed breakdown in 15-minute increments are available at http://www.mesaaz.gov/residents/transportation/traffic-counts.
WAS THE PUBLIC NOTIFIED OF THIS PROJECT AND THE REDUCED TRAVEL LANES BEFORE CONSTRUCTION BEGAN?
The decision to eliminate the lanes on Country Club Drive and on Alma School Road was thoroughly analyzed. Once the final decision was made on the alignment of the pathway, two public meetings were held for the public and the complete project was shown at the meetings (including the cycle tracks along Alma School Road and along Country Club Drive).
The City of Mesa is excited to work with our neighboring cities in providing a balanced transportation network for all modes; in fact, the link below is an interactive map which shows multiple bike paths in the valley - http://nocache.azcentral.com/ic/news/projects/bikemap/fullscreen.html
If you have any questions, please contact Rene Powell at 480-644-3800.