SR179 - Portal Lane & Tlaquepaque crossing

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Updated July 25, 2019 

Pedestrian crossing at Tlaquepaque

The city will proceed to design of a shared-use path at creekside for a new pedestrian crossing at SR179 near Tlaquepaque. The design process is expected to begin in October. The plan calls for a walk-bike pathway beneath the existing Oak Creek bridge. Construction is anticipated to begin after July 2020. The crossing will eliminate conflicts between pedestrians and vehicles, improve safety and advance a citizen priority to increase opportunities for walking and bike riding. The management of the shopping village has committed funds and support for these improvements.

» Read the full feasibility report presented at the July 23 city council meeting. PDF-28mb

Portal / Ranger / Brewer road connection

A consultant is under contract to identify preferred alignments and prepare a final design. This project would improve traffic flow on SR179 between the Schnebly Hill roundabout and the Y by altering traffic patterns, improving roadway design and addressing capacity issues.   

  • Evaluate opportunities to use Portal Lane as one-way access to shopping with new connections to allow vehicles to exit onto Brewer-Ranger roads. 
  • Reduce the number of vehicles that use the Schnebly Hill roundabout by providing alternate access to northbound SR89A and West Sedona.
  • Improve safety at the Ranger Road / Brewer Road intersection.
  • Estimated cost $500,000.    

The Brewer/Ranger connection would help divert vehicles that would be making a U-turn movement at the Schnebly Hill roundabout, reducing SR 179 congestion. With no traffic, it takes 12 minutes to travel from Bell Rock Blvd to the Y.  In severe congestion it takes 36 minutes. This level of severe congestion occurred on 6 days between February 1 and June 4, 2017.

Illustration of the creekside crossing on SR179 with an image of the existing bridge at Oak Creek, just south of the shopping village.

Pedetrian creekside crossing SR179 at Tlaq