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October 25, 2012

Public invited to celebrate end of construction at Alma School/Ray

The City and Chandler Chamber of Commerce are hosting a family-friendly event Nov. 4 to celebrate the end of construction at the Alma School and Ray Road intersection.

The noon to 4 p.m. event will be held near the intersection’s southwest corner and is intended to introduce new customers to the area’s businesses, along with welcoming back those who may have stayed away due to the construction. 

Event goers are being urged to shop at the intersection the week leading up to the event, Oct. 29 – Nov. 4, as well as during the event, and turn in their receipts for placement in a raffle for prizes to be awarded at the event, including roundtrip airfare for two anywhere in the continental U.S. provided by Southwest Airlines.

The four-hour event will feature live music by The Chubby Dog Band along with free activities for kids such as bouncy houses, face painting, pony rides, and balloon making. The Chandler Fire Department will have a fire engine for children to tour and the Chandler Police Department will have a patrol car and SWAT vehicle on display.

Staff from the City’s Environmental Education Center will have handouts, crafts and educational materials and businesses from around the intersection will be offering coupons and give-a-ways.

The intersection improvement project has been underway since March and included the building of dual left turn lanes, a third auxiliary through lane, right turn lanes, bike lanes, storm drain, water line, new traffic signals, medians, street lights and landscaping.

The $7 million project was partially funded by a $4.95 million federal Highway Safety Improvement Program grant. Project details and current status can be found on the project website.