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Sun Valley Residents Discuss Corridor Study With RTC

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The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) has spent the last few months looking at the Sun Valley area.

On Thursday, there was a public meeting to talk about possible transportation improvements along the Sun Valley Boulevard Corridor. It stretches from Scottsdale Road all the way north to Highland Ranch Parkway.

At the meeting, dozens gathered at the Sun Valley Neighborhood Center on West 6th Avenue to discuss the study recently started by the RTC.

"I wanted to find out about everything," said John Gavin, a resident. "The vehicle transportation in the different possible routes, future routes and what they might be doing to the corridor."

The RTC is looking at ways to make the roads safer for everyone from pedestrians to drivers. The work would mainly be done on Sun Valley Boulevard, but officials are also looking at surrounding areas.

"We're looking at from Yukon to Chocolate," said Christina Leach, the RTC Project Manager for the corridor. "East to west because of the connectivity. So, if someone is coming from a neighborhood near Yukon, how are they going to connect or walk to Sun Valley Boulevard?"

With those types of questions in mind, the RTC asked Sun Valley residents what kind of work is important to them, whether it's landscaping to making traffic slower in the area. A big priority is safety along the corridor, especially for Sandra Ainsworth, Chairperson of the Sun Valley General Improvement District.

"We need our children to feel safe walking out there," she said. "We need bicycle lanes for those who do bicycle. We do have some who are afraid to go out in that fast lane of fast-moving traffic without having a bicycle lane, but the crosswalks, especially too, for our children because we have a lot of children that move up and down Sun Valley Boulevard."

Meanwhile, Gwendolyn Lomas wants to see more shelters on bus stops in the area. She also wants more pedestrian-friendly roads, based on what she's seen.

"I live in a mobile home park," she said. "There's no way to cross the street for the young people or the mothers with kids. I like to see it more safer for them."

The project is still in its early stages. If everything comes together and the RTC receives funding, they're hoping to start construction in the next four to five years.

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