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  • Construction may delay access to Saguaro National Park East starting March 24

    Mar 20, 2014 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Bicycle & Pedestrian Program wants to make sure that visitors to Saguaro National Park East are aware of safety improvement work that may delay their use of the park, starting Monday, March 24.
    Saguaro National Park East
    Pima County is working to establish an on-street signed connection from The Loop to Saguaro National Park’s Rincon District, using a combination of neighborhood streets and roadways with bike lanes.

    According to a Saguaro National Park news release, visitors may experience a 15-minute traffic delay at the beginning of the Cactus Forest Loop Drive, starting March 24.

    It is also anticipated that the road may be closed from 5 a.m. until 8 a.m. to complete the work, though it is unknown which days visitors should expect the closure. All visitors, including early morning walkers, joggers, and bicyclists, should be prepared for the loop road to be closed until 8 a.m. As soon as more specific information is available, it will be posted on the park’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/saguaronationalpark, and on the front page of the park’s website, www.nps.gov/sagu.

    The construction project will consist of widening and hardening the road shoulder at the bottom of the first major hill, as well as smoothing out the transition from that curve into the wash crossing. This work is necessary to improve that corner, specifically for bicyclists who are new to the park or otherwise unfamiliar with the Cactus Forest Loop Drive.

    “Navigating that corner can be a challenge for riders,” according to Brad Shattuck, Facility Manager at Saguaro National Park. “By widening the road shoulder we hope provide an area for bicyclists to recover control and safely complete the turn.”

    This work is scheduled to continue for approximately two weeks.

    Pima County has been developing The Loop around metro Tucson with links to Marana, Oro Valley, and South Tucson for residents and visitors on foot, bikes, skates, and horses. When completed, The Loop will total 131 miles and connect the Rillito, Santa Cruz, and Pantano River Parks with the Julian Wash and Harrison Greenways.

    For maps and news about The Loop, visit The Loop web page or The Loop on Facebook.