Using grant funding from the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), a preliminary design of the North-South Railroad Spur Multi-use Path was completed in 2015. The preliminary design included concepts for a 7-mile, non-motorized path from Knox Road on the south to a planned pathway north of University Drive.
Phase 1 will travel between University Drive and Baseline Road with Phase 2 connecting Baseline Road to Knox Road.
This project will provide a low-stress non-motorized connection spanning from Tempe Town Lake/Downtown Tempe to Knox Road near the Chandler border, making it the longest continuous pathway in the community.
One short segment of this proposed path system has already been built as part of the Encore on Farmer housing development, which is a model for the remaining parts of this path. The path will include lighting, landscaping and public art while being ADA compliant, and will include improvements to street crossings (i.e., at grade signals or pedestrian islands).