By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
The City of Scottsdale has begun a roadway improvement and traffic calming project on Chaparral Road between 69th Place and 71st Place.
General roadwork has started, and plans are under review for a roundabout, raised median, bike lane and sidewalk improvements, all of which will begin at the end of the month and be completed in April.
The existing traffic circle at 70th Place will be converted to a roundabout featuring a raised and landscaped center island, four-foot bike lines in both directions and six-foot wide sidewalks.
According to the plan submittal, the project’s goal is to improve connectivity between the older neighborhood to the north and more recent developments to the south and to promote alternative transportation options in keeping with the city’s Sensitive Design standards.
Visual interest will be achieved through the use of colored concrete and aggregate concrete pavement at the roundabout. Landscaping will include desert ironwood and palo verde along with a variety of shrubs and groundcover plants in patterned arrangements for color and variety.
Along with the drought tolerant plantings, the project will use drip irrigation with a solar powered irrigation controller, and the median drainage design will facilitate water harvesting to support the landscaping and minimize downstream storm water runoff.
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