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32nd Street Interchange, multi-use path opening delayed again

32nd Street Interchange, multi-use path opening delayed again

As of Oct. 12, ADOT still planned to open the South Mountain Freeway’s 32nd Street interchange and the multiuse path. The Arizona Department of Transportation…

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As of Oct. 12, ADOT still planned to open the South Mountain Freeway’s 32nd Street interchange and the multiuse path. The Arizona Department of Transportation has pushed back the opening the 32nd Street Interchange and the multi-use path along the South Mountain to Oct. 30.

"Previously we projected Monday, Oct. 19, as the opening date for both areas," ADOT spokesman Tom Herrmann said. "Because of unanticipated delays, both are now scheduled to open Friday, Oct. 30. As always, schedules are subject to change because of unforeseen situations."

Until the shared-use path and interchange are open, both areas are active construction zones, he said, adding, "For everyone’s safety, no one should use the shared-use path at this time. "

The two projects are the remaining pieces of the $1.7 billion freeway, which opened in December and connects the Chandler and 59th Avenue interchanges of I-10.

The 6-mile multi-use path is open to nonmotorized vehicles and pedestrians and is likely to quickly become a mecca for cyclists across the Valley.

For years, bicyclists across the Valley flocked to Pecos Road, which was considered a premiere training facility where they could cruise up and down hills while reaching speeds of up to 40 mph for stretches between traffic lights.

The path is accessible at each freeway cross street, including 40th, 32nd and 24th streets, Desert Foothills Parkway and 17th Avenue.The agency said that in 2005, a citizens advisory committee it had been dealing with when planning the freeway opposed the interchange and so it decided not to […]

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