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County proposes paving portion of Starr Pass trail

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Editor’s note: See the most recent post about the issue here

If a county proposal goes forward, the Starr Pass trail in the photo above could be paved with a shared use path.

The county is proposing paving one of two routes through Tucson Mountain park to connect to the the Loop on the west side of the Tucson Mountains. One of the proposals would include paving major portions of trail popular with mountain bikers and hikers.

The frist route would be routed through Starr Pass, up to the “four way” and then down near the reservoir and up to the Genser trailhead.

The second route would head around the south side of the Tucson Mountains and connects to Greasewood Road north of Ajo Highway.

Nanette Slusser, the county’s assistant administrator, will present the plans to the Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee at their meeting tonight.

If you would like to go, the meeting starts at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Ward 6 council office located at 3202 E 1st St, Tucson, AZ 85716

Check out the map of the two routes below:

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Check back tomorrow morning for an updated story following the presentation by the county.

11 comments
Richard Roati
Richard Roati

That area is nearly pristine.  I would be very sad to see it paved.

3wheeler
3wheeler

I've wanted a paved path thru there for years.  It will provide off street access for commuters who live west of the mountains.  It will also give townies access to the CAP path.  I don't know exactly what the plan is, but they should be able to have both a paved path and a single track thru most of the area.

Red Star
Red Star

Note that Huckleberry/Slusser have yet to connect Broadway and Speedway via their Loop. That one drags on and on.

First things first, kids?

rynsa
rynsa

[Throws a rotten tomato.]

rynsa
rynsa

Boo!  Hiss!!!

rynsa
rynsa

@3wheeler "Commuters who live west of the mountains" and "townies [trying to] access the CAP path."  Least bang for your buck ever.   

3wheeler
3wheeler

@Red Star I understand that section is scheduled for construction in December.  They own all the needed land and just need to grade, pave and install a bridge.  I think the Broadway to Kenyon section will be more challenging because they don't own the land on the east bank.  Tanque Verde to Craycroft will be a miracle.  Fantasy Island will happen one way or another, they either buy state land or renegotiate w/ DM for a strip that the city leases to them.

3wheeler
3wheeler

@rynsa @3wheeler 

I can't argue with that.  The cost would certainly be high.  However, if you want a connected community, that side of town would really benefit from it.