On Saturday, May 25th, 2013, the Arizona Department of Transportation officially dedicated a new route that will allow drivers to connect easily from Interstate 17 to Cave Creek Road.
Known as Sonoran Boulevard (formerly Dove Valley Parkway), the road provides a connection between Cave Creek Road and Interstate 17, right in between Carefree Highway and Deer Valley Road.
The 7-mile route was built by Westcor, a real estate company that also owns 15 shopping malls in Arizona including Arrowhead Towne Center and Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall.
Westcor plans to extend the road to connect to I-17, right next to the site of the new John C. Lincoln Sonoran Health Center.
In the future, the entire area will be developed into a massive mixed-use commercial and retail center called Sonoran Crossing that may also include several car dealerships as well.
But back to the road itself. The two lane road takes you through the Sonoran Desert Preserve, which offers beautiful desert views of the natural landscape.
Hikers and cyclists will appreciate the 5-mile multi-use path that includes water stations along the trail. The road includes 3 bridges over ephemeral streams and artwork by Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquart.
If you have the chance, I highly recommend you check out this beautiful and scenic road sometime!