Road Projects and Traffic Restrictions
Updates on current roadway and related projects and major street closures in Chandler
Arizona Avenue Improvement Project (Frye Road to Pecos Road):
The City will begin constructing various roadway and streetscape improvements to Arizona Avenue between Frye and Pecos roads in January 2018. The first phase of improvements from Chandler Boulevard to Frye Road was completed in 2010. Construction of this second phase will enhance the approach to Downtown Chandler from Pecos Road north to Frye Road. Improvements will include wider sidewalks, bicycle lanes, raised medians, street lighting, storm drainage, signage, waterline improvements, traffic signal modifications and hardscape and landscape enhancements. In addition, 1,700 feet of an aging waterline beneath Frye Road will be replaced west of Arizona Avenue. Roads will remain open during construction and business and resident access will be maintained. Lane restrictions may be in place to shift traffic away from work zones. For more information, visit ChandlersNewFrontDoor.com or call the Project Hotline at 480-898-4060.
Arizona Avenue Reclaimed Water Main Infill Project (Queen Creek Road to Germann Road)
Chandler’s Public Works & Utilities Department is installing a reclaimed water main and sewer main along the northbound lanes of Arizona Avenue near Ryan Road located between Queen Creek Road and Germann Road. The northbound curb lane will be closed along this stretch of Arizona Avenue throughout the project's duration, which will run from late January to mid-summer 2018. This will leave two northbound traffic lanes available. During the construction, an additional northbound lane will need to be closed at times, but the closure of this second northbound lane will only be allowed during non-peak hours (between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.). Access will be maintained to homes and businesses during construction and traffic signal timing adjustments will be made as necessary to assist with traffic control. For more information, contact Dara Griffith at 480-782-3314.
Chandler Heights Road Improvement Project (Arizona Avenue to McQueen Road):
The City’s Transportation & Development Department is planning to widen Chandler Heights Road from two lanes to four lanes between Arizona Avenue and McQueen Road. The roadway improvements are tentatively scheduled to begin in early 2019 and will start west of Arizona Avenue at Sunland Drive and end just east of McQueen Road. In March 2016, the City Council approved a $975,000 contract for the design of the improvements, which will include the addition of raised medians, bike lanes, turn lanes, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, street lighting, traffic signals, storm drains, landscaping and irrigation. Water, sewer and reclaimed water lines will be added or extended to undeveloped parcels and coordination with the Union Pacific Railroad will be needed to accommodate widening of the railroad crossing. Widening at the Consolidated Canal will need to be coordinated with Salt River Project. For more information, call the project hotline at 480-898-4060.
Chandler Heights Improvement Project (McQueen Road to Gilbert Road):
The City is planning to widen Chandler Heights Road to four lanes (two in each direction) between McQueen and Gilbert roads. Early design efforts are underway and the City is holding an information meeting to obtain public comment on the design. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 at the Environmental Education Center-Painted Desert Room, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road. For more information, call Project Engineer Kimberly Moon at 480-782-3349.
Cooper Road Improvement Project (Riggs Road to 3,500 feet north of Chandler Heights Road):
Design efforts are underway on a project that will widen Cooper Road to four lanes from approximately 3,500 feet north of Chandler Heights Road to Riggs Road. The improvements will include the construction of raised medians, bike lanes, left turn lanes, sidewalks, curb, gutter, street lighting, traffic signals, storm drains, landscaping and irrigation and utility relocations. Construction is anticipated to occur in 2019. Community input was received from two public meetings (Dec. 2016 and March 2017) and revisions made to the design (display board No. 1 and No. 2 from meeting), narrowing the road by 13 feet on average to reduce impacts to adjoining property owners, removing raised medians in many areas and reducing the number of stormwater retention basins. For more information, call the Project Hotline at 480-898-4060.
Gilbert Road Median Modification
Modifications to a median on Gilbert Road at Locust Drive north of Ocotillo Road in Chandler will restrict traffic through late February.The work is associated with the construction of an acceleration lane in the median that can be used by vehicles turning left (north) onto Gilbert Road from Locust Drive. The new lane will help motorists merge into northbound traffic when exiting Locust. To accommodate the construction, northbound Gilbert Road at Locust will be reduced to one lane between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Southbound Gilbert Road at Locust will be reduced to a single lane from sunrise to 4 p.m. For more information, call 480-782-3314.
McQueen Road Median Modification
McQueen Road, south of Chandler Heights Road near Via De Palmas Road, will be restricted through late February 2018 as construction crews remove sections of a raised center median to better accommodate left turning movements.This work will reduce southbound McQueen to a single lane from sunrise to 4 p.m. and northbound McQueen to a single lane after morning rush hour (after 8:30 a.m.) until 4 p.m. For more information, call 480-782-3314.
Ocotillo Road Improvements (Cooper Road to Norman Way):
The City’s program of improving older arterial streets in south Chandler took another step forward in November 2017 with the widening of Ocotillo Road between Cooper Road and Norman Way. Standard Construction Company will spend $2.1 million and four and a half months making improvements to the roadway. Portions of Ocotillo Road already have been completed by developers and other City projects. This work will complete the improvements to four lanes with bike lanes, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, street lighting, traffic signals, storm drainage, landscaping, utility relocation and wet utilities. The project’s initial impact on traffic will involve the shifting of all traffic to the north side of Ocotillo Road, allowing crews to begin working on the south side. Traffic then will switch to the south side of Ocotillo Road while improvements are made to the north side. The roadway will remain open throughout construction and access will be maintained to homes and businesses. For more information, call 480-782-3789.
Ocotillo Road Improvement Project (Gilbert Road to 148 Street):
The City is planning to widen Ocotillo Road to four lanes (two in each direction) between Gilbert Rd and 148 St. Early design efforts are underway and an informational meeting was held Jan. 17, 2018, to discuss the draft design and obtain comments from adjacent property owners and the public. Future meetings will be scheduled as the design progresses. The project is tentatively scheduled for construction in Fall 2019. For more information, call 480-898-4060 or visit www.OcotilloRoadEast.com.
Queen Creek Road Restrictions for Gas Line installation:
Eastbound lanes of Queen Creek Road are restricted between Arizona Avenue and McQueen Road to enable the installation by Southwest Gas of a pipeline. Work is to be completed by the end of January, 2018. For information, call the Project Hotline at 602-750-7139.
Queen Creek Road Improvements (McQueen Road to Gilbert Road, plus Cooper Road south to Nightingale Lane):
Improvements to Queen Creek Road between McQueen and Gilbert roads are under design and construction is expected to commence by summer 2018. The project will widen Queen