Bell Road (Phoenix Metro)

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Bell Road
Scottsdale-Scottsdale Spire-1957-2007.JPG
The Scottsdale Spire, located in the southeast corner of Bell and Scottsdale Avenues in Scottsdale, Arizona, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Namesake Harvey Bell
Type Arterial street
Owner Maricopa County and the cities of Surprise, Peoria, Glendale, Phoenix, and Scottsdale
Length 34.6 mi[1] (55.7 km)
1.4 mi (2.25 km) gap in Scottsdale[1]
Location Phoenix metropolitan area
West end Sun Valley Parkway in Surprise
33°38′18″N 112°27′36″W / 33.63833°N 112.46000°W / 33.63833; -112.46000
East end McDowell Mountain Ranch Road in Scottsdale
33°38′20″N 111°50′40″W / 33.63889°N 111.84444°W / 33.63889; -111.84444
North Union Hills Drive (18600 North)
South Greenway Road (15400 North)
Construction
Completion mid-1970s (present alignment)[2]

Bell Road is a major east-west arterial road in the northern Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area.[3] It is one of the few roadways to cross the Agua Fria River in the northwestern 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.[4]

The road is named for farmer Harvey Bell, who, together with James Shea, formed in 1916 the Paradise Verde Irrigation District.[5][6]

Route description[edit]

The street lies at the 17000 North alignment of the Maricopa County grid system.[7] 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 Loop 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 southeasterly bend and, at its intersection with Scottsdale Road, becomes Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, named in recognition of the architect and designer. This alignment was built in the mid-1970s during the construction of the CAP canal, which Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard parallels.[2] In this area of Scottsdale, a non-contiguous segment of Bell Road approximately 3.7 miles (6.0 km) long exists north of Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, including an intersection with the Pima Freeway (Loop 101).

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

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.[8]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire road is in Maricopa County.

Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Surprise 0.00 0.00 Sun Valley Parkway west Continuation beyond western end
2.50 4.02 Loop 303 SPUI; exit 116 on Loop 303
6.40 10.30 US 60 (Grand Avenue) At-grade intersection to be upgraded to an interchange
PeoriaGlendale line 12.90 20.76 Loop 101 (Agua Fria Freeway) SPUI; exit 14 on Loop 101
Phoenix 19.90 32.03 I-17 – Tucson, Flagstaff Diamond interchange with service roads; exit 212 on I-17
26.40 42.49 SR 51 SPUI; exit 13 on SR 51
30.90 49.73 Scottsdale Road / Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard east Road name transitions to Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard
Gap in route; connection made via 1.4 miles (2.25 km) of Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and Greenway–Hayden Loop[1]
Scottsdale 0.00 0.00 Hayden Road north / Greenway-Hayden Loop south
1.00 1.61 Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) Exit 38 on Loop 101; indirect northbound access via service roads
3.70 5.95 McDowell Mountain Ranch Road south Continuation beyond eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Google (January 18, 2016). "Bell Road" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 18, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.historicaerials.com/aerials.php?javascript=1&scale=622&lon=-111.92868476269031&lat=33.63777377029446&year=1970
  3. ^ "DREADFUL BELL GROWTH TAKES ITS TOLL ON N. VALLEY'S MAIN ARTERY". Arizona Republic. Gannett Co. January 30, 2005. p. A.1. 
  4. ^ Turner, Erin (December 15, 2009). "Homeowners offer mixed reactions to El Mirage Road addition". Your West Valley News. Your West Valley News. Retrieved January 17, 2016. 
  5. ^ Thompson, Clay (January 10, 2007). "VALLEY ROADS: HOW THEY GOT THEIR NAMES". Arizona Republic. Gannett Co. p. B.12. 
  6. ^ North-Hager, Eddie (January 3, 2001). "WEST BELL: TRAFFIC MAGNET MORE DEVELOPMENT WILL ONLY WORSEN JAMS". Arizona Republic. Gannett Co. p. 1 (Sun Cities/Surprise Community section). 
  7. ^ Miner, Carrie (2007). Off the Beaten Path: Arizona (6th ed.). GPP Travel. p. 101. ISBN 978-0762741953. 
  8. ^ "Surprise Original Town Site" (PDF). City of Surprise.