CURRENT STAGE: CONSTRUCTION
Scheduled Construction Completion: Spring 2019.
This project was separated into two phases to accommodate the construction completion of Old Ellsworth Road and Walnut Road during the Queen Creek Middle School’s 2017 summer break. Phase 1 construction is complete and consisted of improvements to Ellsworth Road and Old Ellsworth Road from just north of the UPRR tracks to just south of Queen Creek Road. Improvements included paving, drainage, curb and gutter, sidewalk, landscaping, street lights, waterline and sewer improvements. The work included construction of a cul-de-sac turnaround and public parking near the school/San Tan Historical Society, and museum, and realigning Walnut Road to provide safer travel movements in the area.
Phase 2 involves improvements to Ellsworth Road from Walnut Road to Fulton Parkway and to Queen Creek Road 1/8 mile east of Ellsworth Road. These improvements include:
- Realignment and softening of the Ellsworth Loop/Ellsworth Road curve at the Queen Creek Road intersection to improve traffic flow and movement
- Street improvements to widen Ellsworth Road to three lanes in each direction from Walnut Road to Fulton Parkway
- Drainage, irrigation and waterline improvements
- Sidewalk and landscape improvements
- Traffic signal improvements
- In conjunction with the Town project, adjacent private development is constructing certain offsite improvements along Ellsworth Road that will result in three lanes of through traffic each way, median with turn lanes, bike lane and sidewalks on Ellsworth Road from Fulton Parkway to Germann Road and Queen Creek Road improvements eastward one-eighth mile.
CURRENT TRAFFIC IMPACT
From Walnut Road to Germann Road, Ellsworth Road traffic is shifted to the west side of Ellsworth Road providing two lanes in each direction with left turn restrictions in place north of Fulton Parkway to south of Germann allowing construction of the east side of Ellsworth Road. In addition, speed limits are reduced to 35 mph through this area.
FUTURE TRAFFIC IMPACTS
Phase 2 construction is further divided into sub-phases, as follows. A tentative timeline for each sub-phase is shown.
- Sub-Phase 1 & 2 (complete) – Under grounding of SRP electric, temporary asphalt on shoulders, storm drain and utility work and traffic signal improvements
- Sub-Phase 3 (complete) – Construct the north and east sections of the intersection
- Sub-Phase 4 (Dec-Feb) – Construct the south and east sections of the intersection – IN PROGRESS
- Sub-Phase 5 (Feb) – Flip traffic to east side and construct the west side of Ellsworth Road in the project area
- Sub-Phase 6 (Mar) – Work in the center of Ellsworth Road (half and half through the intersection) to install median islands and paving.
- Sub-Phase 7 (April 2019) – Final paving and striping of the improvements.
Initial sub-phase work already took place and included temporary pavement placement to accommodate the traffic through the intersection during construction.
Please see the sub-phasing graphics below for each of the sub-phases, which indicate where the construction zone will be and where travel will be shifted. The construction approach is subject to change. During construction, the contractor strives to maintain two lanes of travel in each direction on Ellsworth Road. However, some work efforts may require further lane restrictions. Those efforts will be scheduled as practicable during daytime off-peak hours or at nights to accommodate the traffic demands on Ellsworth Road. Soil conditions in the work areas have previously required repairs and may require additional emergency repairs that may interfere with efforts to maintain four lanes open at all times.
Early warning variable message signs are being used to alert traffic to upcoming changes or restrictions. These signs are placed both south and north of the project.
Sub-phases 3 and 4 of the work has begun with work taking place on the northeast lanes of the intersection and the southeast quadrant as well. Ellsworth Road traffic is shifted to the west side of Ellsworth Road, providing for two lanes in each direction, with left turn restrictions north of Ryan Road. In early February, traffic will move to the eastern lanes and work on the western lane improvements will begin.
No public meetings are currently scheduled.
For more details about this project, please contact our project hotline at 480.898.4090.
For more information about our Capital Improvement Program, contact Troy White, Public Works Director at 480-358-3746 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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