Two years ago a leading Pima County official working on the Loop said they hoped to have the Loop finished in five years, but realistically expected it would be 10 years.
“I would guess within 10 years, the whole thing will be done,” Nanette Slusser, a county official working on the loop said for a Tucson Velo article two years ago. “I’d love to make it within five years, but I don’t know that I could come up with the money that fast.”
Matt Zoll, the county’s bicycle and pedestrian program manager said funding and construction has moved a lot faster than they originally expected.
According to Zoll the new goal for completion is 2014.
“It has just been accelerating,” Zoll said. “We keep pushing it as hard as we can.”
He said if you count the several section of on-street bike lanes that are being used a connection, The Loop is 70-80 percent complete now.
The portion of The Loop on the Pantano wash between Tanque Verde and Craycroft as well as a section of the path along Fantasy Island are the two most difficult sections and will likely be the last to be completed.
The Pantano section requires purchasing land from homeowners, archeological excavation and river back protection. The section along Fantasy Island requires government agreements.
You can check out The Loop map here.