Improvements to Arizona Avenue to enhance entryway into downtown
The second phase of the City's vision for a "new front door" into the downtown and municipal corridor from the Santan Freeway begins Tuesday, Jan. 16.
Arizona Avenue between Pecos Road and Frye Road will receive new landscaping, wider sidewalks, raised medians, bike lanes, streetlights and a new traffic signal at Fairview Street. The first phase of improvements from Frye Road to Chandler Boulevard was completed in 2010. This next phase is scheduled to be completed in October 2018.
Traffic restrictions will be required for the safety of workers and traveling public, but Arizona Avenue will remain open at all times. Business access will be maintained and temporary signs will be used to direct downtown traffic and highlight business access.
"We're going to do all we can to minimize disruption to the area while these improvements are built," said Kim Moyers, Chandler's downtown redevelopment manager. "We want people to know they can continue to enjoy all that downtown has to offer."
The contractor, Banicki Construction of Phoenix, will perform the work in phases beginning on the west side of the street, then moving to the east side, and finally to the center median. Included in the construction will be the replacement of 1,700 feet of an aging waterline beneath Frye Road west of Arizona Avenue.
Arizona Avenue is a four-lane roadway, two lanes in each direction. Two traffic lanes will remain open in each direction during the first phases of the project, but once the center median construction begins in late summer, the traffic lanes will be narrowed to a single lane in each direction between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Kreuzer Consulting Group of Mesa performed the engineering design. The hardscape and landscaping design work was accomplished by J2 Engineering & Environmental Design of Phoenix. Banicki Construction has a $6.4 million contract to build the improvements.
For ongoing information on the project, visit www.ChandlersNewFrontDoor.com or contact the project hotline at 480-898-4060.