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Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2008 6:27 pm | Updated: 9:09 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Queen Creek is looking to connect Signal Butte and Meridian roads to promote economic development along the route to a future freeway, but the owners of the property being examined for the project aren't happy with the idea.

The town wants to create a connection between Signal Butte and Meridian north of Ocotillo Road and south of Queen Creek Road, a square mile that is undeveloped.

Proposed realignmentMeridian Rd.Signal Butte Rd.Power Rd.Germann Rd.Queen Creek Rd.Ocotillo Rd.Future Williams Gateway FreewayPhoenix-Mesa Gateway AirportMESAapache junction202601 miPINAL COUNTYQUEEN CREEKScott Kirchhofer/TRIBUNEMARICOPA COUNTY

The project is being considered because of state Route 802, or the Williams Gateway Freeway, which is planned to connect Loop 202's Santan Freeway to U.S. 60 near Florence Junction.

Queen Creek wants to create a major corridor to the freeway to encourage economic development in the area, said Tom Condit, community development director for the town.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is scheduled to pick a "preferred route" for the freeway in 2009, with construction scheduled to start in 2016.

The connection would give drivers coming south from the freeway easier access to Queen Creek, Condit said.

"The more we can do to develop that key infrastructure and get traffic through the town and get the through traffic, make that connection work, the better it is for the economic development for our community," Condit said.

The six property owners involved with that block of land are all against the idea, said Seth Keeler with W Holdings, who is representing the owners.

The owners are mostly concerned about the difficultly in developing the area, which would be carved into awkwardly shaped, undevelopable parcels of land, Keeler told Queen Creek's Town Council on Wednesday night.

"None of (the property owners) were on board," Keeler said. "None of them wanted to have this happen."

But, Condit said, the town sees a six-lane road cutting through that land as something that could accelerate development of the property, much like the Ellsworth Loop Road.

Condit said he and Keeler scheduled a meeting for January to discuss specific concerns and work through problems.

The plan could come back to the council for a vote as soon as March, Condit said.

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