Bike lane construction on schedule to be completed this summer
CAREFREE – The bike lane construction in the town of Carefree along Tom Darlington Drive, Cave Creek, and Pima Roads is 60 percent completed, and the Arizona Department of Transportation estimates the contractors will finish on schedule by this June.
The construction in the towns of Carefree and Cave Creek is part of an ongoing project for a nine-mile bike lane that helps connect the Maricopa Trail, which is 240 miles of trails that link 10 Maricopa County Regional Parks. Approximately 95 percent of the bike-lane project was funded by federal grants, which were awarded three years ago in cooperation with the Maricopa Association of Governments and ADOT.
“Constructing designated bike lanes is a growing trend among many cities and towns in the country, and competition for available federal funds is intense,” Carefree’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Gina Kaegi, said in a press release.
The total cost of the bike lanes for both towns was $4.2 million; the grants paid for approximately $3.9 million. The nine-mile bike lane project also helped Carefree construct right-turn lanes into the major routes downtown, and the roadways around other busy town corridors at a reduced cost, according to Kaegi.
“The addition of bike lanes to these major traffic arteries in Carefree helps to achieve greater safety for bicyclists,” said Kaegi in the press release.
From now until June, Carefree residents will be in the final stages of the project’s construction schedule, which include striping, resurfacing, and miscellaneous pavement work, according to ADOT’s construction schedule.