Redington Road Pavement – 4/23/2017

Thru San Manuel, a sharp left then the familiar right turn at the San Pedro – but today the last turn takes me into unfamiliar territory – a strange, freshly paved, night black road parallel to the river – it takes me a minute to reconcile this new thing with my memory of Redington Road.

It makes me sad and uncomfortable to see more pavement encircling the Santa Catalina Mountains – there is nothing encouraging about its current end at the Pinal County line. Maybe the pavement really isn’t that important one way or another – inconsequential compared to the destruction that the SunZia power transmission lines will likely bring to this part of the San Pedro River Valley in the coming years.

Charles Bowden, Frog Mountain Blues, 1987:

The mountain no longer seems like a thing that can stop a city in its tracks; it seems more like a cornered beast. When I hike the Catalinas now and stare down at the valleys, I feel I am on an island, one that is being constantly eroded by the fierce waves of energy sweeping across the desert floor. When I leave the city for the mountain, I walk past bulldozers on my way to the trailhead.

New pavement in the distance at the Pinal County line. April 2017.
Looking back on the pavement starting at the Pinal County line. April 2017.

One thought on “Redington Road Pavement – 4/23/2017

  1. I share your distress about pavement gradually encircling the Catalinas. We’ve been on north Redington Road twice in the past few weeks and I was surprised by the new paved section. It’ll be a sad day when the road’s paved all the way from San Manuel to Benson, or if they ever decide to pave Redington Pass Road. Well, at least Interstate 11 apparently won’t be going through the San Pedro Valley.

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