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Updated Jul 28, 2012 - 9:21 am

Scottsdale considering trail under power lines

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -— A proposal to forge a formal hiking
trail under high-tension power lines in Scottsdale is in its
early stages.

The Arizona
Republic
reports that Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane
confirmed Friday that the idea of creating a formal trail
connection to the preserve under the power lines is under
consideration. He said it could help turn the eyesore of
overhead utility lines into an attraction.

The miles-long pathway under high-voltage lines could
provide a new link for residents living in neighborhoods in
eastern Scottsdale to access the city’s McDowell Sonoran
Preserve.

The desert preserve, one of the city’s major attractions for
locals and tourists alike, spans 33-square miles in
Scottsdale, encompassing mountainous terrain east of Pima
Road and west of the McDowell Mountain Regional Park.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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