Bell Road (Phoenix Metro)

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Bell Road is a major east-west arterial road in northern metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, United States.[1] Bell Road is one of the few roadways to cross the Agua Fria River in the northern part of the metro area, providing a vital link between the growing suburb of Surprise with Phoenix. As a result, the portion of Bell Road passing through Surprise and Sun City is the busiest arterial road in the state of Arizona.[2]

The road is named for farmer Harvey Bell, who, together with James Shea, formed in 1916 the Paradise Verde Irrigation District.[3][4]

Route description[edit]

At its eastern terminus, the main segment of Bell Road, approximately 31 miles (50 km) in length, begins at the corporate boundaries of Phoenix and Scottsdale at its intersection with Scottsdale Road. Traveling west, the road intersects State Route 51 and Interstate 17 in Phoenix, the Loop 101 (Agua Fria Freeway) in Peoria, and Grand Avenue and State Route 303 in Surprise. West of the Beardsley Canal, the roadway curves around the White Tank Mountain Regional Park, becoming the Sun Valley Parkway.

East of 66th Street, Bell Road takes a south-easterly bend and, at its intersection with Scottsdale Road, becomes Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, named in recognition of architect and designer Frank Lloyd Wright. This alignment was built in the mid-1970s during the construction of the CAP canal.[5] In this area of Scottsdale, a non-contiguous segment of Bell Road approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) long exists north of Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, which includes an intersection with the eastern leg of State Route 101.

East of the McDowell Mountains, the Bell Road alignment forms the northern boundary of the city of Fountain Hills.

Junction List[edit]

Entire Route is in Maricopa County, 17000 North in Phoenix's grid system.[6]

Location Mile Junction Street Number Notes
Scottsdale 0.00 Scottsdale Road 7200 E Continues from Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard

Eastern Terminus

Phoenix 1.02 64th Street 6400 E
1.52 60th Street 6000 E
2.01 56th Street 5600 E
2.51 52nd Street 5200 E
2.86 49th Street 4900 E
3.01 Tatum Boulevard 4800 E
3.17 47th Street 4700 E
3.53 44th Street 4400 E
4.08 40th Street 4000 E
4.25 Paradise Valley High School 3800 E
4.47 Arizona 51.svg SR 51 (Piestewa Freeway) 3700 E
4.73 34th Way 3400 E
5.08 32nd Street 3200 E
5.45 29th Street 2900 E
5.58 28th Street 2800 E
6.08 Cave Creek Road 2400 E
6.58 20th Street 2000 E
7.08 16th Street 1600 E
7.58 12th Street 1200 E
7.83 9th Street 900 E
8.08 7th Street 700 E
8.33 3rd Street 300 E
8.58 Central Avenue 000
9.08 7th Avenue 700 W
9.58 15th Avenue 1500 W
9.82 17th Avenue 1700 W
10.05 19th Avenue 1900 W
10.40 21st Avenue 2100 W
10.55 23rd Avenue 2300 W
10.87

11.06

I-17 (AZ).svg I-17 (Black Canyon Freeway) 2700 W
11.30 Holmes Road (North)

29th Avenue (South)

2800 W

2900 W

11.79 33rd Avenue (North)

33rd Drive (South)

3300 W
12.04 35th Avenue 3500 W
12.54 39th Avenue 3900 W
13.04 43rd Avenue 4300 W
14.04 51st Avenue 5100 W
Glendale 14.29 53rd Avenue 5300 W
14.54 55th Avenue 5500 W
14.79 57th Avenue 5700 W
15.04 59th Avenue 5900 W
15.29 61st Avenue 6100 W
15.55 63rd Avenue 6300 W
16.00 67th Avenue 6700 W
16.25 69th Avenue 6900 W
16.75 73rd Avenue 7300 W
17.00 75th Avenue 7500 W
17.25 77th Avenue 7700 W
17.50 79th Avenue 7900 W
17.76 83rd Avenue 8300 W
18.00 Arizona 101.svg Loop 101 (Agua Fria Freeway) 8360 W
Peoria 18.25 84th Avenue 8400 W
18.50 87th Avenue 8700 W
18.88 91st Avenue 9100 W
19.06 92nd Avenue 9200 W
Sun City 19.47 Lindgren Avenue (North)

Burns Drive (South)

9422 W
19.88 98th Avenue 9800 W
20.11 99th Avenue 9900 W
20.32 Boswell Boulevard 10118 W
21.01 Del Webb Boulevard 10700 W
Surprise 21.91 Avenue of the Arts (North)

114th Avenue (South)

11400 W
22.28 Coyote Lakes Parkway (North)

Sierra Dawn Boulevard (South)

11700 W
23.03 El Mirage Road 12300 W
23.59 RH Johnson Boulevard (North)

Crossroads Boulevard (South)

12750 W
24.03 Dysart Road 13100 W
24.34 134th Drive 13400 W
24.51 US 60.svg Grand Avenue 13500 W
24.78 West Point Parkway 13700 W
25.03 Litchfield Road 13900 W
25.53 Sun Village Parkway (North)

Civic Center Drive (South)

14300 W
26.03 Bullard Avenue 14700 W
26.28 Parkview Place 14900 W
27.03 Reems Road 15500 W
27.36 Mountain Vista Boulevard 15850 W
27.64 Sunrise Boulevard 16000 W
27.91 Sarival Avenue 16300 W
28.16 165th Avenue 16500 W
28.41 Arizona 303.svg Loop 303 (Bob Stump Memorial Parkway) 16700 W
28.59 168th Drive 16800 W
28.66 Eastham Parkway 16900 W
28.91 Cotton Lane 17100 W
29.39 Happy Trails (North)

175th Avenue (South)

17500 W
29.92 Citrus Road 17900 W
30.92 187th Avenue Alignment 18700 W Continues as Sun Valley Parkway

Western Terminus

Landmarks[edit]

Prominent locations on or near Bell Road include the Scottsdale Municipal Airport, Turf Paradise, Arrowhead Towne Center and the Peoria Sports Complex. Bell Road also forms the northern boundary of the original town site of Surprise.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (30 January 2005). DREADFUL BELL GROWTH TAKES ITS TOLL ON N. VALLEY'S MAIN ARTERY, Arizona Republic
  2. ^ Turner, Erin (2009-12-15). "Homeowners offer mixed reactions to El Mirage Road addition". Daily News-Sun. Retrieved 2010-01-04. [dead link]
  3. ^ Thompson, Clay (10 January 2007). VALLEY ROADS: HOW THEY GOT THEIR NAMES, Arizona Republic ("Shea Boulevard and Bell Road are for James Shea and Harvey Bell a pair of farmers who in 1916 put together the Paradise Verde Irrigation District.")
  4. ^ North-Hager, Eddie (3 January 2001). WEST BELL: TRAFFIC MAGNET MORE DEVELOPMENT WILL ONLY WORSEN JAMS, Arizona Republic
  5. ^ http://www.historicaerials.com/aerials.php?javascript=1&scale=622&lon=-111.92868476269031&lat=33.63777377029446&year=1970
  6. ^ Miner, Carrie. Off the Beaten Path Arizona: A Guide to Unique Places, p. 101 (2007)
  7. ^ "Surprise Original Town Site" (PDF). City of Surprise.