Intersection project wins engineering award

Oct. 11, 2018
photo of Alma School/Chandler Blvd intersection

Two months after being selected Project of the Year by the Arizona Chapter of the American Public Works Association, the $11 million Alma School Road/Chandler Boulevard Intersection Improvement Project has been recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Arizona (ACECAZ).

Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., and the City of Chandler received an ACECAZ Honor Award for the intersection project completed late last year.

The award recognizes engineering firms for projects that demonstrate an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement and value.

The project received the award in the Transportation category and was presented Oct. 6, at the association’s awards gala held at the Arizona Historical Society. ACECAZ is a state association promoting the contributions of the engineering profession. 

The intersection improvements involved the complete rebuilding of the intersection to add dual left turn lanes, dedicated right turn lanes, bike lanes, and a third through-lane on Chandler Boulevard. The work was accomplished while accommodating 62,000 vehicles per day and maintaining access to 88 surrounding businesses. 

The project was designed by Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. The Construction Manager was Ritoch-Powell & Associates. Standard Construction Company, Inc., constructed the improvements.

A ‘before and after’ crash analysis of nine previously improved intersections showed average reductions in total crashes of 43 percent and injury crashes of 49 percent.