Crosscut Canal Path Expansion

As Rebecca indicated in her post last week, the City is hosting a meeting this Monday, December 10th, from 7-9 pm at the North Tempe Multi-Gen Center to present the Crosscut Canal Path Expansion.

This multi-use paved path will extend the existing Crosscut Canal Path, which currently ends at Marigold Lane, south into the Tempe portion of Papago Park to Moeur Park at the NE corner of Mill Ave/Van Buren and Curry Rd. When completed, the expanded Crosscut Canal Path should be an excellent route for cyclists (recreational and commuters) to connect the downtown Tempe area with Scottsdale and the Arizona Canal to the north.
Crosscut Conceptual Plan

A few months ago I was invited to join the design team and stakeholders in a site visit to discuss path alignment. This was a very instructional meeting and it quickly became clear that there are numerous issues (funding, ADA access, land ownership, connections to existing paths, etc.) to take into account when designing a multi-use facility like the Crosscut Canal Path. As you can see from Project Analysis Map, there many path alignments open for consideration. A number of participants in the site visit (including myself) were concerned that some of the proposed alignments, especially those along the eastern edge of the park, would pave over valuable trails for mountain biking, hiking and trail running. Fortunately, based on the conceptual map for the project, it appears that the stakeholders and design team have converged on a proposed path alignment that will have limited impact on existing trails (single and double track) and will instead utilize already graded service roads along the canal for the alignment.

The Crosscut Canal Path expansion is an import piece of new bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in the City of Tempe. If you are a frequent user of Papago Park or anticipate using the Crosscut Canal path once extended, please take a moment to comment on this project using the comment form on the project webpage. If you have questions or concerns about the project, the public meeting on Monday night will be a great opportunity to have them addressed.

Two upcoming City meetings

In the event that the news hasn’t reached you through other channels, this is to let you know of two upcoming transportation-related meetings (or to remind you to consider attending):

1. Tomorrow, Sunday, December 2 at 6:30 PM – The Maple-Ash Neighborhood Association December Meeting will include a presentation of current traffic studies and discussion of traffic calming possibilities for the neighborhood. Eric Iwerson will be presenting. The meeting will occur at Hatton Hall, which is at 34 E. 7th St.

2. Monday, December 10 at 6:30 PM – Meeting to present plans for the Crosscut Canal Path Expansion project. Details about the project are on the City’s website. The meeting will occur at 155 N. Bridalwreath (the North Tempe Multi-Generational Center).

Further information on these meetings and on a couple of other projects can be found on the Tempe In Motion website at .