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Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 8:11 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Twin Peaks Interchange and Twin Peaks Road are described as “the first major roadway corridors” built through the Regional Transportation Authority and the Town of Marana.

They’ll connect the growing communities of Continental Ranch and Dove Mountain, make it easier for thousands of people to get on and off I-10, take pressure off Cortaro, I-10, Tangerine, Thornydale and Oracle roads, and increase traveler safety.

“Strong partnerships among contractors and jurisdictions have yielded two outstanding transportation projects that will provide improved regional mobility and enhance our quality of life today and into the future,” an invitation to the Thursday, Nov. 18 ribbon-cutting reads.

The Twin Peaks Road (Camino de Manana) project has realigned and connected 3.3 miles of roadway from the Twin Peaks Interchange to the intersection of Tangerine Road and Dove Mountain Boulevard.

The new Twin Peaks Interchange included the construction of bridges over I-10, the Union Pacific Railroad and the Santa Cruz River. It also improved drainage and roadway conditions along Twin Peaks and Silverbell roads.

The roads are scheduled to open to traffic on Friday, Nov. 19.

Next week, read more about the projects, environmental considerations, and what they mean to the future of travel and community in Northwest Tucson.

Walk, run and ride on new interchange, road Saturday

Marana is planning major celebration of its Twin Peaks Interchange and Camino de Manana road improvement projects this Saturday, Nov. 13.

The Community United Run and Ride, marking the physical linking of Dove Mountain and Continental Ranch, starts at the Twin Peaks Plaza, located at Coachline and Twin Peaks roads on the west side of I-10, on Saturday morning.

Residents are invited to walk, run or bicycle over the new interchange, and onto the new Twin Peaks Road extension to the intersection of Dove Mountain Boulevard and Tangerine Road.

There won’t be any vehicles on the road.

A 16-kilometer bike ride begins at 8 a.m., with a 10k walk and run at 8:15, and a 5k walk and run at 8:30. There is no registration required and participation is free to all. Registration includes a t-shirt and a raffle ticket. Proceeds go to the Marana Community Food Bank.

People may register at activenet4.active.com/marana, by calling 382-1950, or go to marana.com.

Safeway is donating food and beverages to the event.

Mayor Ed Honea is going to walk the 10-kilometer distance.

“Bring your dog, bring your kids, bring your spouse,” Honea said. “Run, walk, ride your bike.”

The ribbon-cutting on Twin Peaks Interchange and the new Twin Peaks Road is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18. The road and interchange are scheduled to open Friday, Nov. 19.

The combined Twin Peaks Interchange and Twin Peaks Road project is “something the Town of Marana is really proud of,” Honea said.

Call it Twin Peaks

The name of that new road from the Twin Peaks Interchange to the intersection of Dove Mountain Boulevard and Tangerine Road?

“We’re calling it Twin Peaks,” said Gilbert Davidson, town manager for Marana.

The projects represent “Marana’s largest project ever,” Davidson said. “It has been truly an amazing effort by this town organization to get this thing completed.”

Twin Peaks has “renewed my belief that organizations are about people, good people,” Davidson said. “You get what you pay for. We have a top-notch project management team, and they managed that project every single day. Nothing got in their way, no hurdle was too large. They worked very hard. It renewed for me how important good people are.”

Community United Fun Run and Ride

Saturday, Nov. 13, 8 a.m.

Twin Peaks Plaza, Coachline and Twin Peaks

Participants may walk, run or ride bicycles on the new interchange and the new Twin Peaks Road to Tangerine Road.

Twin Peaks

Interchange ribbon-cutting ceremony

Thursday, Nov. 18, 3 p.m.

The junction of Twin Peaks and Linda Vista.

The road opens Friday, Nov. 19

Twin Peaks Interchange

$80.6 million.

That includes the construction contract with Pulice Construction ($50.5 million), land acquisition ($14 million), project management ($8 million) and planning, design and environmental work ($7.5 million.

Project partners are the Regional Transportation Authority, the state of Arizona and the Federal Highway Administration.

Twin Peaks Road, Linda Vista to Tangerine

$32 million.

That includes construction and project management with contractor at-risk Borderland Construction ($24.9 million), land acquisition and rights of way ($3.6 million) planning, design and environmental work ($1.85 million) and water line construction, ($1.1 million).

Project partners are the Regional Transportation Authority, the state of Arizona and Pima County. The Town of Marana sold bonds for project funding.

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