letter: Western Canal Multi-Use Path Improvements at UPRR Crossing

Re: Western Canal Multi-Use Path Improvements at UPRR Crossing


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February 27, 2012

City of Chandler
Transportation & Development Department
Mail Stop 105
P.O. Box 4008
Chandler, AZ 85244-4008

Attn: Paul Young
Re: Western Canal Multi-Use Path Improvements at UPRR Crossing

Dear Mr. Young,

Thank you for sharing the details and objectives of the proposed Transportation Enhancement project to improve the safety and connectivity of the Western Canal Multi-Use Path at the Union Pacific Railroad crossing near the Chandler/Gilbert border. We understand that project, if funded, would do the following:

Establish this crossing area as a public crossing through the Arizona Corporation Commission, allowing Chandler to work with the Railroad and SRP to make the following connectivity and safety improvements.
Connect the eastern terminus of Chandler’s portion of the Western Canal to Gilbert’s western terminus.
Replace a gravel and stop sign-controlled crossing with a paved crossing (on both sides of the railroad tracks) and automatic warning signals and crossing gates for the path.

We strongly support this project based on both the safety and connectivity improvements that would result. We believe that the Western Canal Multi-Use Path has created a great benefit for your community, and the bordering cities of Tempe and Gilbert, and that it promotes both walking and bicycling for commuting, going to school and exercising for health and fitness. This project would further enhance those benefits.

Sincerely,

Robert (Bob) Beane, President
Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists
PO Box 54488
Phoenix, AZ 85078-4488

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