Marana is planning a major celebration of its combined Twin Peaks Interchange and Camino de Mañana road improvement projects.
On Saturday, Nov. 13, Marana puts on its Community United Run and Ride, with bicycling, walking and running on the new roadway ahead of vehicle use.
Activity is centered upon Twin Peaks Plaza, at Coachline and Twin Peaks roads.
A 16-kilometer bike ride begins at 8 a.m. that day, with a 10k walk and run at 8:15, and a 5k walk and run at 8:30. Registration is $25 for walkers and runners, $20 for cyclists and $15 for children 12 and under. Registration includes a t-shirt and a raffle ticket. Proceeds go to the Marana Community Food Bank.
People may register by calling 382-1950 or going to marana.com.
"This will be the last time people have the freedom to just roam that road" on bicycle or on foot before it opens to vehicular traffic, according to Barbara Johnson, general manager of public services.
"This will unite Dove Mountain and Continental Ranch in an informal, fun way," Town Manager Gilbert Davidson said.
Davidson said the event is "unique," and rarely allowed by the Arizona Department of Transportation. "They've agreed to allow this community celebration," he said.
Mayor Ed Honea walked the four-mile segment from the Twin Peaks Interchange to Tangerine Road. "It's a pretty good walk," the mayor said. "The view is just gorgeous."
Businesses in both Continental Ranch and Dove Mountain hope the new roadway improves traffic into their establishments. Several sponsors are helping with the Community United Run and Ride, among them Safeway, which is donating food and beverages to the event. "It'll be nice to see them busy," Councilwoman Roxanne Ziegler said of the store. "I hope they do well."
The ribbon is being cut on Twin Peaks at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18.
"It'll open up, Twin Peaks to Dove Mountain, in one fell swoop," Johnson told the town council at a study session last week.
Total project cost for the Twin Peaks Interchange is expected to be near $80.6 million, with another $30.2 million on Camino de Mañana.
Work began 16 months ago. It has involved construction on 13.2 miles of road "and one heck of a wildlife crossing," Johnson said.
Marana orients candidates this Monday, Oct. 25
The mayor's seat and two council seats go before the voters of Marana next spring.
Beforehand, the town clerk, legal and planning departments are hosting an election orientation this Monday, Oct. 25, at the Marana Municipal Complex, 11555 W. Civic Center Drive. The session begins at 6 p.m. in council chambers.
Orientation "is for anyone interested in running for council," a release said. Topics include candidate responsibilities and town clerk and legal department functions during the election cycle. Candidate, initiative, referendum and recall packets will be available.
"Candidates and their committee officers and officers for political action committees are encouraged to attend," the release said. "An overview of the proposed General Plan on the May ballot will also be given."
For additional information, contact Marana Town Clerk Jocelyn Bronson at 382-1960.
The deadline to file candidate nomination papers for the spring 2011 election is Wednesday, Dec. 8.