Queen Creek and Pinal County Partner to Improve Meridian Road
The Town of Queen Creek and Pinal County are working together to improve Meridian Road from Combs Road to the future State Route (SR) 24.
The Queen Creek Town Council and Pinal County Board of Supervisors recently approved two intergovernmental agreements (IGA) for the design of Meridian Road. The first IGA covers design of a new three-lane roadway, bike lanes and drainage from Germann to SR 24 with each of the entities contributing 50% of the $1,200,000 design costs. The second IGA, from Combs to Germann, includes roadway improvements, bike lanes, drainage and construction of a box culvert (bridge) over the Queen Creek Wash. Design is anticipated to cost $650,000, with Queen Creek contributing 75% and Pinal County contributing 25%.
“Transportation continues to be a top priority for Queen Creek and the region,” stated Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney. “We value our relationship with Pinal County and appreciate their willingness to help provide a regional solution to transportation. Meridian Road will provide a much-needed north-south connector for motorists, helping to alleviate congestion on Ellsworth and Ironwood.”
Beyond providing an additional north-south roadway through Queen Creek, Meridian Road will provide another connection to the SR 24. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and City of Mesa are working on the design of the interim SR 24, which will extend to Ironwood Road. Construction of the interim SR 24, with two lanes in each direction and interchanges at Signal Butte, Meridian and Ironwood, is anticipated to begin in 2020 with completion slated for 2022.
“These agreements further solidify the great partnership the Board of Supervisors has with the Town of Queen Creek,” stated Pinal County Chairman Board Supervisor Todd House. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with the Town to improve transportation throughout the region.”
Pinal County District 2 Supervisor Mike Goodman added “since coming into office, Meridian Road has been one of my many top priorities. Pinal County, the Town of Queen Creek, and developers including Fulton Homes and William Lyons, have all partnered to ensure this work will be completed. This project provides additional arterial roads that will extend Meridian Road from Combs all the way to the 24 within the next few years, and eventually the US 60. I look forward to the completion of this project, which will ultimately provide relief of traffic congestion our residents face.”
The design of Meridian Road will include an open house for public input once design has progressed beyond 30% completion. The Town and Pinal County will work collaboratively on construction of Meridian Road, with the improvements anticipated to be complete when the SR 24 extension opens in 2022.
Improvements to Meridian Road have been an ongoing regional focus. In 2017, Representative Cook sponsored House Bill 2251, directing the Arizona Department of Transportation to work with the various impacted entities on extending Meridian Road south of US 60.
Investing in regional transportation creates a stronger community. For more information about the Town of Queen Creek’s capital improvement program visit QueenCreek.org/BetterRoadsAhead. To receive weekly traffic alerts, sign up for eNotifications on the Town’s website. To stay updated on news and events follow the Town on Facebook.com/QueenCreek and Twitter.com/TOQC_official.
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Constance Halonen-Wilson, Public Information Officer