The El Paso and Southwestern Greenway will be a 6-mile long multi-use path for bicyclists and pedestrians. The pathway will extend along a corridor that was once used by the railroad, from north of downtown Tucson, through the City of South Tucson to the Kino Sports Complex. The new path will be car-free and will connect to other regional bikeways and to many of the neighborhoods that the path travels through.
In 2005, a preliminary concept plan for the Greenway was developed by the Drachman Institute at the University of Arizona. This document provided guidance for the master planning process that occurred from 2010 and 2011. Some of the objectives of the plan are to promote connectivity and recreation; coordinate with other active projects to ensure compatibility; reflect local/regional identity and character; celebrate local history; and serve as a catalyst for positive development.
The Greenway is documented in the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan, the City of Tucson General Plan, the Downtown Infrastructure Plan, the Regional Transportation Authority's transportation plan, the Eastern Pima County Trails Master Plan and the Parks, Open Space and Trails (PROST) plan and the Regional Bicycle Plan. The project will be built in phases, segment by segment when funding allows. The block at Fire Central, from Cushing to Simpson is already completed. The next segment from Simpson to 22nd Street is partially funded by a Transportation Enhancement Grant and is expected to go to construction in Summer 2017. The segment from 22nd Street to 25th Street will follow after that. A HAWK crossing will be installed at 22nd Street and Osborne Avenue to connect these two segments. To the north, the segment from St. Mary’s Road to Congress Street is currently under design.
Appendix (including Outreach Summaries, South Tucson Cafecito Report, Traffic Report, Structural Concept Memo, Bridges Memo, Cost Estimate, Development White Paper, Funding White Paper, Geotechnical Report)