|Street improvements coming down the road
The City’s Transportation & Development Department has been busy planning a number of road improvement projects intended to provide capacity for increasing traffic demands on some of Chandler’s major streets. Here’s a look at some of the projects coming down the road:
Queen Creek Road
Improvements to Queen Creek Road between McQueen and Gilbert roads are under design and construction is expected to commence in late 2017 or early 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. Public meetings were held in 2015 and again this past March to obtain comments on the roadway design and answer questions. For more information, call 480-782-3314.
The City is planning to improve Ocotillo Road between Cooper and Gilbert in the fall of 2017. Portions of Ocotillo Road already have been completed by developers and other road improvement projects. The City plans to complete the improvements to four lanes with bike lanes, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, street lighting, traffic signals, storm drainage, landscaping, utility relocation and wet utilities. A meeting was held in June to discuss the planned improvements with the public, obtain comments and answer questions. For more information, call 480-782-3146.
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, turn lanes, sidewalks, curb, gutter, street lighting, traffic signals, storm drains, landscaping and irrigation and utility relocations. Construction is tentatively scheduled to occur in spring 2018.
Chandler Heights Road
In March 2016, the City Council approved a $975,000 contract for the design of improvements to Chandler Heights Road between Arizona Avenue and McQueen Road. The one-mile stretch of two-lane roadway will be improved to four traffic lanes. The project 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. Construction of the canal crossing is scheduled to occur in late 2017 and work on the roadway is scheduled for mid-2018. For more information, call 480-898-4060.
The City is planning various roadway and streetscape improvements for Arizona Avenue between Frye and Pecos roads. This stretch of Arizona Avenue handles approximately 34,000 vehicles per day.
The project is part of an overall effort to develop a pedestrian friendly, urban feel to the City’s core and provide a new entryway into downtown Chandler from the south. Planning efforts involving a new vision for Arizona Avenue between Loop 202 and Chandler Boulevard began about 10 years ago with business stakeholders. An urban design team headed by RNL Design was hired in 2005 to prepare an Entry Corridor Study, which included market and demographic analysis together with specific recommendations for future land use and traffic circulation improvements.
The Corridor Study was completed in September 2006 and subsequently approved by Council for implementation. It was followed in 2010 by the construction of traffic, pedestrian and landscape improvements along Arizona Avenue between Chandler Boulevard and Frye Road. For more information, call 480-898-4060.
Alma School Road/Chandler Boulevard intersection
Improvements are coming in early 2017 to the intersection of Alma School and Chandler Boulevard that will enhance traffic flow and safety by adding dual left turn lanes, dedicated right turn lanes, and an additional through lane on Alma School Road and bus lane on Chandler Boulevard. The project also includes new storm drains, curb, gutter, sidewalks, signals, landscaping and utility relocations.
The Alma School/Chandler Boulevard intersection had the highest collision rate in the City in 2015 with 48 accidents. A large part of the construction cost to improve the intersection will be funded by a Highway Safety Improvement Program grant from the Federal Highway Administration. Other intersections similarly improved have all shown reductions in accidents. For more information, call 480-898-4060.