Gold Canyon bypass

Supporters are hoping to convince the state to resume plans for a Gold Canyon bypass to relieve congestion on U.S. 60.

GOLD CANYON — Community leaders are gathering signatures on a petition to encourage the Arizona Department of Transportation to follow through on plans for a Gold Canyon bypass to relieve traffic on U.S. 60.

Interested people don’t have to be Gold Canyon residents, nor do they have to go to Gold Canyon, to sign the petition.

Anyone who drives the highway may send an email to, giving the person’s name, address and stating he supports the bypass, according to Glenn Walp, president of the Association for the Development of a Better Environment.

U.S. 60 in Gold Canyon is subject to heavy traffic almost at all times, including heavy trucks coming back and forth from mines, speeders and red-light runners.

Each spring during two months or so of the Arizona Renaissance Festival the congestion is multiplied.

Walp said the state did environmental studies and other preparatory work almost 20 years ago and the bypass was put on ADOT’s five-year plan, but it was never built.

The petition will be delivered at the Oct. 8 meeting of the State Transportation Board, and organizers hope to fill the room with bypass supporters, Walp said.

The bypass will start where the Superstition Freeway ends at Mountain View Road, go around Gold Canyon and reconnect to U.S. 60 by the Renaissance Festival grounds. The bypass route is entirely on vacant state land and will not displace any homes, Walp told PinalCentral.

Interested people may also sign the petition in person between 8 a.m. and noon and 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 15, Aug. 22 and Aug. 29 at Gold Canyon Community Church (the former Gold Canyon Elementary School), 5810 S. Alameda Road in Gold Canyon.

Supporters may also sign the petition by mail. Write a note with the person’s name, address and signature to affirm support for the bypass and mail it to: ADOBE, 6499 S. Kings Ranch Road, Gold Canyon, AZ 85118.

People may also ask their neighbors to add their names, addresses and signatures to the notes or send notes of their own.


Mark Cowling is the county reporter for PinalCentral and covers the town of Florence, San Tan Valley and the surrounding area. He can be reached at

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