The project includes a bicycle/pedestrian path underpass at the Priest Drive bridge along the south bank of the Rio Salado and will connect existing paths on both the east and west sides of Priest Drive. The project scope includes concrete pathway, safety railing and lighting. The path will provide emergency vehicle access and will meet all ADA requirements.
Currently, users must travel south to the traffic signal at Rio Salado Parkway and Priest Drive to safely cross Priest Drive. This underpass will provide accessible and safe crossing under Priest Drive for the Rio Salado path users. This project will complete the link of more than five miles of path along the south bank of Rio Salado linking Mesa and Phoenix.
$133,612 has been secured for the design of the path with construction of this project funded by a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement grant through the Federal Highway Administration in the amount of $1.1 million and Transit Tax local match of $79,604.