Road Construction Projects
Updates on current roadway and related projects and major street closures in Chandler
Annual Mill & Inlay Street Repaving: The rehabilitation of 51 lane miles of Chandler streets began in April as part of an annual street repaving program. The repairs will occur along 136 sections of residential streets and be performed by M. R. Tanner Construction, Inc. of Gilbert. The $5.2 million repaving project will continue through early summer and involve removing the top inch-and-a-half of old asphalt and replacing it with new pavement. This type of repair, called Mill and Inlay, becomes necessary when the existing pavement is in such condition that the street can no longer be maintained with slurry seal or micro seal applications. Notices to homeowners and businesses fronting the streets will be provided in advance of the work. Access will be maintained to residences and businesses during the construction. For more information, contact the Chandler Street Division at 480-782-3500
Arterial and Collector Street Sealant: A pavement treatment made from recycled tire rubber will be applied to a number of Chandler streets in May. The application of the penetrating sealant known as Tire Rubber Modified Surface Seal (TRMSS) helps extend the life of City streets by preserving pavement oils contained in the asphalt. The work will begin in mid-to-late May and take approximately one month to complete. In addition, sections of 9 major arterial and collector streets will receive a Slurry Sealant to prolong their life. The work will occur throughout the month of May.
Annual Street Sealing program: 100 miles of City streets are being resurfaced as part of an annual slurry seal project. Southwest Slurry Seal, Inc. is performing the work which began May 4 and will conclude in September. Slurry seal is an asphalt emulsion mixed with aggregate. It is approx 3/8" thick and provides a new riding surface lasting up to five years. Advance notice in the form of door hangers will be distributed to homes and businesses along streets to be sealed. The notice will ask that cars not be parked along the street so that sealant can be applied unobstructed. For more information, call the City’s Streets Division at 480-782-3500.
Alma School/Chandler Blvd Improvement Project: the City is planning to improve traffic flow and safety at this intersection by adding dual left turn lanes, dedicated right turn lanes, and an auxiliary through lane in each direction. The project would also include new storm drains, curb, gutter, sidewalks, signals and landscaping. Construction is planned for early 2017 and more than 80 percent of the construction cost will be funded by a $5.5 million Highway Safety Improvement Program grant from the Federal Highway Administration. The Alma School/Chandler Boulevard intersection handles approximately 61,000 vehicles per day and had the fourth highest collision rate in the City in 2012. A 'before and after' crash analysis of seven similar intersection improvement projects in Chandler showed accidents decreased an average of 35 percent. For more information about the project, contact Hafiz Noor at 480-782-3324.
Gilbert Road Improvements (Queen Creek Rd to Hunt Hwy):
The City is widening Gilbert Road between Queen Creek Road and Hunt Highway through a series of phased projects. The roadway has been widened to six lanes between Queen Creek and Ocotillo roads and will transition to four lanes between Ocotillo Road and Hunt Highway. The projects include the construction of landscaped medians, bike lanes, curb, gutter, sidewalks, right and left turn lanes, bus pullouts, and extensive water, reclaimed water, and sewer work. Improvements from Queen Creek Road to just south of Chandler Heights Road have been completed. Construction on the next phase of improvements from south of Chandler Heights Road to Hunt Highway began in September, 2014. Work is to be completed by mid-July 2015. We thank you for your continued patience during this construction. Regular e-updates are provided during construction. To be added to our distribution or for questions or comments, please contact our project hotline at 480-898-4100, or visit www.gilbertroadimprovements.com.
McQueen Road Improvements (Ocotillo Rd to Riggs Rd):
This project will widen McQueen Road to four lanes between Ocotillo and Riggs roads. The project will include new curb, gutter, storm drain, sidewalks, streetlights, bike lanes, medians and landscaping. McQueen Road has been widened south of the Loop 202 Santan Freeway to Ocotillo Road in earlier phases. The construction of the next segment between Ocotillo and Chandler Heights began in late October 2014 and will take approximately eight months to complete. For more information contact Allen Zimmermann at 480-782-3335, call the Project Hotline at 602-750-7139, or visit the project website, www.McQueenRoadChandler.com. Watch the video above on South Chandler projects for more information.
Ocotillo Road Improvements (Arizona Ave. to McQueen Road):
The widening of Ocotillo Road to four lanes began in late October 2014 and will conclude in June 2015. Improvements to Ocotillo Road will include the construction of two lanes in each direction with a center turn lane, bicycle lanes, curb, gutter, storm drain, sidewalks, traffic signals, landscaping and associated utility improvements and relocations. In addition, a new pedestrian signal will be installed where the Paseo Trail (located alongside the Consolidated Canal) crosses Ocotillo Road. The construction is being performed by Blucor Contracting, Inc., which was awarded a $5.3 million contract in September, 2014. The project is partially funded by a $2.4 grant from the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program. For more information about the project, contact the project hotline at 480-898-4060 or visit www.OcotilloRoadImprovements.com.
Queen Creek Road Improvements (McQueen Road to Gilbert Road, plus Cooper Road south to Nightingale Lane):
The City is planning to widen Queen Creek Road to six lanes between McQueen and Gilbert Roads and Cooper Road to four lanes between Queen Creek Road and Nightingale Lane. The improvements are currently under design and a public meeting will be scheduled to obtain input on the design from adjacent property owners and other interested persons. For more information about the project, contact Dara Griffith at 480-782-3314.
Jim Phipps, Public Information Officer 480-782-2225