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Road Projects and Traffic Restrictions

Updates on current roadway and related projects and major street closures in Chandler

October 2017
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Alma School/Chandler Blvd Improvement Project:
The City is working to improve traffic flow and safety at this intersection by adding dual left turn lanes, dedicated right turn lanes, an additional through lane on Alma School Road and bus lane on Chandler Boulevard. The entire project includes new storm drains, curb, gutter, sidewalks, signals and landscaping. Construction began in January 2017 and part of the cost is funded by a $4.4 million Highway Safety Improvement Program grant from the Federal Highway Administration. The Alma School/Chandler Boulevard intersection has one of the highest collision rates in the City with 48 accidents in 2015. Other intersections similarly improved have all shown reductions in accidents. For more information about the project, visit or call the Project Hotline at 480-898-4060.

Annual Mill & InlayStreet Rehabilitation Program:
The rehabilitation of 66 lane miles of Chandler streets will occur over the next several months in Chandler as part of an annual street repaving program. The repairs will occur along various sections of residential streets and be performed by M. R. Tanner Construction, Inc. of Gilbert. The $7.1 million repaving project will continue through fall 2017 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. The work is being performed on neighborhood streets in various parts of the City. For more information, contact the Chandler Streets Division at 480-782-3500.

Arizona Ave Restrictions for Gas Line installation:
Various stretches of Arizona Avenue between Queen Creek and Ocotillo roads will be restricted to a single southbound lane overnight and two southbound lanes during the day to enable the installation by Southwest Gas of a pipeline. Work began at Ocotillo Road just west of Arizona Avenue, and has since progressed northward on Arizona Avenue. It will will turn east onto Queen Creek Road to McQueen Road. The work is being performed between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday through Friday. Access will be maintained to homes and businesses. Beginning in late August/early September, the eastbound lanes of Queen Creek Road will be restricted to a single lane overnight and two lanes during the day between Arizona Avenue and McQueen Road. Similar work occurred last year on sections of Germann Road and McQueen Road. For information, call the Project Hotline at 602-750-7139. Location Map.

Median Repair Projects- various City streets:
Repairs to damaged medians in streets around the City will reduce traffic lanes on a number of major arterials. The work to replace, repair or add pavers to the damaged medians will begin after morning rush hour and conclude before evening rush hour and require closure of the inside lanes closest to the medians. The work will take place in phases at 28 locations and began June 2017 and will take seven months to complete. The work is being performed by ELS Construction of Phoenix at a cost of $470,000. For more information, call 480-782-3500.

South Arizona Avenue Improvement Project:
The City wishes to improve Arizona Avenue between Frye and Pecos roads as part of an overall plan to develop a pedestrian friendly, urban feel to the City’s core and provide a new entryway into downtown Chandler from the Loop 202/Santan Freeway. The first phase of improvements from Chandler Boulevard to Frye Road was completed in 2010. Design is now underway for the next phase of the project, which will enhance the approach to Downtown Chandler from Pecos Road north to Frye Road. For more information, visit or call the Project Hotline at 480-898-4060.

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 late spring 2018 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.

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 begin in late 2018. 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.

Ocotillo Road Improvements (Cooper Road to Gilbert Road):
A design contract was awarded in February 2016 to prepare construction drawings. Construction of the project is tentatively scheduled to commence in fall 2017. This project will improveOcotillo Road between Cooper Road and Gilbert Road. Portions of the road improvements have already been completed by developers and other road improvement projects. This project will complete the improvements to four lanes with bike lanes, sidewalks, curbs and gutters, street lighting, traffic signals, storm drainage, landscaping, utility relocation and wet utilities. For more information, contact Paul Young, Sr. Engineer, at 480-782-3146.

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 in spring 2018. The project will widen Queen Creek Road to six lanes and include raised medians, bike lanes, turn lanes, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, storm drains, street lighting, traffic signals, landscaping, irrigation and utility relocations.  As part of the project, Cooper Road from Queen Creek Road south to Nightingale Lane will be improved to four lanes. For more information about the project, contact Dara Griffith at 480-782-3314.