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Addition of Shared-Use Path on South Mountain Freeway project creates regional transportation amenity

Chandler City Councilmembers Rick Heumann and Kevin Hartke lauded the addition of a 15 foot wide shared-use path between 40th Street and 17th Avenue on the South Mountain Freeway project in Phoenix as a regional transportation amenity for cyclists and pedestrians.

“The path will be a great amenity for residents of Phoenix and the East Valley,” said Chandler Councilmember Rick Heumann, who proposed the pathway be added as part of the freeway development. “Pecos Road has long been used for cycling and recreational purposes. This new path will create a regional bike and pedestrian facility that parallels the freeway and connects with other paths in Ahwatukee and Chandler.”

A coalition of city council members, staff and cyclists from Chandler, Phoenix and Tempe successfully sought to add the shared-use path by working with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) and Connect 202 Partners, a public-private partnership selected to design, build and maintain the freeway corridor.

 “This is a great example of the success we achieve when elected officials work together,” said Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio. “With the help of Councilmembers Heumann and Hartke from Chandler, Vice Mayor Woods and Councilmember Navarro from Tempe, and the State of Arizona we were able to get a strategic community amenity that will improve our quality of life and benefit all our communities.”

 “By collaborating with cyclists and our neighboring communities, we continue to find ways to create regional bike and pedestrian paths that connect Phoenix, Chandler and Tempe,” said Chandler Councilmember Kevin Hartke.

Both expressed their appreciation to the coalition who pressed for a safe route for cyclists and pedestrians as well as to ADOT, MAG and the Connect 202 Partners for incorporating the path into the freeway development.