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Bethany Home Road
Corridor Improvement Study

The Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is conducting a planning study of the Bethany Home Road Corridor, from Jackrabbit Trail (also known as 195th Avenue) on the west to State Route 303 on the east.

View a brief video about the Bethany Home Road Corridor Improvement Study.

Study Overview

Thank you for your interest in the Maricopa Department of Transportation’s Bethany Home Road Corridor Improvement Study.

Development along Bethany Home Road is increasing and MCDOT wants your input to help us determine how this road will support the community. Bethany Home is expected to be an important connection to State Route 303 for the residents and businesses in the area.

The purpose of this study is to identify needs, develop recommendations, and prioritize improvements that can accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists in the future.

This study will provide guidance to agencies and developers regarding the future roadway needs and designs.

We invite you to review our preliminary research for this study. And more importantly, use the form or contact information below to provide your feedback. We look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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Study Considerations

In studying the Bethany Home Road corridor, the project team has considered the following:

  • The study area is located in Maricopa County and the cities of Buckeye and Glendale.
  • Land ownership is mostly private and is used for agricultural and rural type residential housing.
  • Potential future land uses include increased residential and business development. There are currently several developments in various stages of approval.
  • The close proximity of Luke Air Force Base may restrict some land uses.
  • Canyon View High School was opened on the northwest corner of Bethany Home and Perryville roads in 2018.
  • Both the Beardsley Canal and a flood control channel west of the canal will be taken into consideration for future designs.

Photos of Land Considerations (PDF)

  • Bethany Home Road currently does not have sidewalks or bike lanes.
  • No roadway currently exists west of the Beardsley Canal.
  • Traffic congestion near the high school is present during school hours.
  • Residents in the area have indicated speeding is a concern.
  • The Maricopa Trail crosses the road near Jackrabbit Trail.
  • Pedestrian and bicycle travel are expected to increase with the planned housing developments in the area. Roadway improvements will be constructed as part of these developments.
  • Based upon projected growth, future traffic models indicate four lanes (two in each direction) will be needed in this area.

Photos of Transportation Considerations (PDF)

  • The utilities in the area include overhead power poles, wells and lateral canals, a cell phone tower, and the Beardsley Canal.
  • Drainage considerations include discharge from the White Tanks Flood Retarding Structure No. 3, washes, and floodplains.
  • Storm drains and retention basins will be considered with any roadway improvements.
  • A regional detention basin has been proposed east of the high school.

Photos of Utility & Drainage Considerations (PDF)

  • A wildlife corridor is present along the Beardsley Canal including habitat suitable for the western burrowing owl.
  • There are washes that potentially will be classified as waters of the U.S. and require enhanced environmental protection.
  • There are canals that may be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Other community resources such as the high school and the Maricopa Trail will be considered during the roadway design.

Photos of Environmental Considerations (PDF)

Corridor Segments

The corridor is divided into seven unique segments.

Characteristics of each segment are described below.

  • No existing paved road
  • Flood control structures on the north
  • Future development on the south
  • Maricopa Trail crosses the west edge

Segment A Map

  • No existing road
  • Canal on north and south

Segment B Map

  • Recently constructed to four-lane minor arterial section with raised median
  • High school on north
  • New homes on south

Segment C Map

  • Existing two-lane road
  • Homes on both sides
  • Drainage ditch on north
  • Irrigation ditches and access road on south

Segment D Map

  • Existing two-lane road
  • Agriculture on north
  • Future development on north
  • Cell phone tower and well on north
  • Homes on south
  • Irrigation ditches and well on south

Segment E Map

  • Existing two-lane road
  • Homes on north
  • Agriculture on south
  • Future development on south

Segment F Map

  • Existing two-lane road
  • Agriculture on north and south
  • Future development on north and south
  • Irrigation ditch on south

Segment G Map

Conceptual Improvement Alternatives

Characteristics of the conceptual improvement alternatives being considered are described below.

  • The no-build alternative keeps the road as it currently exists
  • Existing two 11-foot lanes
  • Ten-foot graded shoulders on both sides
  • Existing right-of-way: 66 feet
  • Four 12 to 13-foot lanes
  • 14-foot raised median
  • 5.5-foot bike lanes
  • 5-foot sidewalks with 10-foot buffer on both sides
  • Optional 10-foot shared use path or unpaved trail on south side
  • Right-of-way needed: 110 feet

Graphical cross-section of Alternative 1 (PDF)

  • Two 12-foot lanes
  • 12-foot raised median
  • 5.5-foot bike lanes with 2.5-foot buffer
  • 5-foot sidewalks with 6.5-foot buffer on both sides
  • Right-of-way needed: 80 feet

Graphical cross-section of Alternative 2 (PDF)

  • Two travel lanes
  • 12-foot two-way left-turn lane
  • 8-foot sidewalk attached to curb on north side
  • Right-of-way needed: 66 feet (same as existing conditions)

Graphical cross-section of Alternative 3 (PDF)

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