UA planning neighborhood cut through for Highland Avenue
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In the future cyclists riding north or south through the University of Arizona campus may have a new alternative.
David Heineking told the Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee last week that the University will be adding a bike path between the Highland Avenue Garage and a UA building from Helen to Mabel. (See map)
The path will allow cyclists to avoid the Helen and Mountain Avenue intersection, which tends to be very congested and has been the site of several crashes.
Heineking announced the UA’s plan during a presentation to the BAC about their decision to close the Warren Street underpass to bicyclists. He said they hoped to make the Highland Avenue underpass more convient to bicyclists and encouraging them to use it as an alternative.
The plan requires reworking a driveway for the parking garage. Heineking suggested it would be two years before the path was finished due to construction of a new building in the area. The BAC, however pushed the department to get is completed sooner.
The path was one of the recommendations suggested in the UA Bike/Pedestrian Study released last year.
The plan estimated the cost to be $19,000 to implement.
Here’s the concept map provided in the plan:
What do you think? Is this something you will use? The area is currently dirt, but rideable if you want to try it out.