Airpark Circulation Study
The Scottsdale Airpark is the preeminent employment center in Scottsdale and the third largest in the Phoenix metro area after Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and Downtown Phoenix. Access to and around the Airpark Area was listed as a critical component in the city of Scottsdale Transportation Master Plan (TMP), which was adopted by City Council in 2008.
Because of the alignment of the airport runway, the Central Arizona Project canal (CAP), the Loop 101 freeway and existing neighborhoods, the typical street grid pattern in this area is not continuous.
In 2009, the Transportation Department began to develop a circulation plan that identifies, analyzes and evaluates options to improve and address traffic concerns around the Scottsdale Airpark area.
Phase One of the Airpark Circulation Plan focuses primarily on the area south of the CAP canal, and east of the airport runway, with four main focus areas (see map):
1. Northsight Extension Project relieves one of the most congested intersections in Scottsdale – Hayden Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. To alleviate the congestion, Northsight Boulevard was extended from Hayden Road to Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, creating an alternative to bypass this intersection. The city’s first modern arterial roundabout is included in the project (see map).
2. Raintree Extension option allows direct connection from the Loop 101 Freeway at the Raintree Drive interchange to the Scottsdale and Thunderbird roads intersection around the south end of the runway. This extension utilizes existing right of way which minimizes costs to the city and disruption to local businesses and residents. To improve capacity and safety, three intersections are being considered for redesign as roundabouts, which could potentially replace four traffic signals (see map).
3. Raintree Interchange Alternatives several concepts are being developed to help reduce congestion at the Raintree Drive and 101 Freeway interchange. The goal will be to provide direct access to and from the shopping center using the 101 frontage road to bypass the congestion on Raintree Drive.
4. North Runway Frontage Road would provide alternative access to Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard at the north end of the runway. The Transportation Commission recommends re-evaluating this project after the completion of the Raintree Drive and Northsight Boulevard extension projects.
Additional improvements to the north and west side of the runway will be studied once Phase One is completed.
Funding for these projects is included in the Regional Transportation Plan and is reimbursable up to 70 percent from Proposition 400 funds through the Maricopa Association of Governments.
We want to hear from you!
Comments on this project are always welcome. Please send comments to: AirparkCirculation@ScottsdaleAz.gov
Airpark Circulation Comments
7575 E Indian School Road, Suite 205
Scottsdale, AZ 85251