AZ Central – Work could start soon on Mtn. View Trail in Scottsdale

Dirt could begin flying this month on the Mountain View Trail near 124th Street and Shea Boulevard.

The path eventually will link Stonegate Equestrian Park south of Shea with a trail in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve near the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead.

On Tuesday, the City Council is expected to approve a $727,000 construction contract with Okanogan Trail Construction to blaze most of the trail. The Cave Creek-based company also completed the Tom’s Thumb and East End trails in the preserve.

 3 segments

Mountain View Trail would be open to pedestrians, equestrians and bicyclists. It is divided into three segments, two of which could open this year.

In the vicinity are three schools — Desert Mountain High School, Mountainside Middle School and Anasazi Elementary School.

To take advantage of summer break, crews would focus initial efforts on a segment from Sahuaro Drive and 124th Street north to the trailhead, city project manager Robin Rodgers said.

“There are two schools with ingress and egress on 124th Street, and we are very much aware of the heavy traffic volumes in that area during morning and afternoon hours,” she said.

Okanogan plans to sequence its work to reduce traffic impacts and coordinate lane closures around school schedules.

To shorten construction time, crews could work simultaneously on a second segment in a residential neighborhood from Stonegate Park north to Mountain View Road, then east and north to the Central Arizona Project canal at 124th Street.

Construction is expected to last about four months.

 Middle segment delayed

Due to engineering and right-of-way challenges, Scottsdale has delayed construction on the middle segment between the canal and Sahuaro Drive.

“Because of lack of funding to construct and not knowing what the timetable would be, I felt it more appropriate to devote our resources to the two constructable areas,” Rodgers said.

The city’s Bond 2000 program earmarked about $2.3 million for trail connections, including Mountain View.

City officials are looking into other funding sources for the last segment, including grants and a bond question.