The town of Queen Creek hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, June 15, for the Queen Creek Wash Trail at Desert Mountain Park. Estimated to take between 60 and 90 days, the construction project will extend the existing multi-use trail at Desert Mountain Park at 22201 S. Hawes Road, connecting the Queen Creek Wash Trail to the Crismon Road Alignment, according to a press release.
“We have a fantastic group here this morning,” Mayor Gail Barney said as he opened the groundbreaking ceremony. “I am pleased to have the various representatives here from ADOT, Meadow Valley and NFRA. I appreciate all that you have done in preparation for the project. I also commend council and staff for their efforts. This is an exciting addition to our community.”
The project is a joint partnership with the Federal Highway Administration and the Arizona Department of Transportation. NFra Inc. completed the design for the project and Meadow Valley Contractors will be completing the construction.
The majority of the project is grant-funded. A Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant is funding $525,000 and the Transportation Enhancement Activities is funding $486,926, according to the release. The town is contributing $140,000, of which $110,000 was provided by the developer of the Hasting Subdivision.
The 2-mile expansion of the Queen Creek Wash Trail is one component of the Parks, Trails and Open Space Master Plan, connecting more than 20 areas of Queen Creek, providing regional connectivity to the town of Gilbert, San Tan Mountain Regional Park and Pinal County, according to the release.
While the wash will remain open for the majority of the construction, there will be limited restrictions to protect the safety of individuals who utilize the trails. The 10-foot wide multi-use trail will function in a similar capacity to the current trail system from Hawes Road to Power Road.
The trail is intended to accommodate pedestrians and equestrians with the appropriate separation. Minor vegetation clean-up will be completed in the wash and a few decomposed granite ramps in and out of the wash will be added to accommodate equestrians.
For more information about capital improvements in the town of Queen Creek, visit the town’s website.
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