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Urban Loop
TIGER ll Discretionary Grant Application
for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure

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Project Description

The Pima County Urban Loop is a 55-mile continuous, paved shared-use path that forms a loop around the Tucson Metropolitan Area. The loop consists of four major alignments that run parallel to four major roadway commuting corridors. The Loop utilizes wash and river alignments and in some segments, existing roadway alignments, allowing for an alternate modes pathway that is almost completely separated from vehicular traffic, including underpasses or bridges at most major street crossings. Landscaping, unique way-finding signage and public art elements will be incorporated into the Loop, as well as rest rooms and drinking fountains where the Loop is adjacent to public parks.

This project leverages nearly two decades of investment in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Since 1997, Pima County has spent approximately $50 million on bicycle and pedestrian facilities, nearly $20 million of which has gone towards building segments of the Urban Loop itself. It will connect nearly 600,000 residents to four major employment centers (approximately 181,500 jobs), 27 recreation centers (including a public stadium, two public golf courses, and many multi-field sports parks), 29 public bus routes; and over 500 miles of other regional bicycle facilities. The Loop will provide the backbone of a fully-integrated sustainable transportation network for Pima County and the Tucson Metropolitan Area.

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