By Adam Wolfe for inMaricopa.com
The project to extend Edison Road from Firehouse 575 to State Route 238 is still moving forward, but at half the size.
“We designed what we wanted, and the scope came back at $6.5M,” Public Works Director Bill Fay said. “The program was created a long time ago without much of a scope, and was estimated for $3M. We also thought Global Water would be helping with the costs, but that’s not the case.”
The original plan was for Edison Road to feature four lanes accessing the future Estrella Gin Business Park while providing an alternative connection between SR 238 and SR 347. The initial $3M estimate was set by a program, and Fay said current officials are unsure where the number originated.
However, due to a the change in cost estimates and stalled negotiations among the city, Global Water and neighboring landowners, the project will move forward as a two-lane road.
“We always intended for Edison to reach the 238,” Fay said. “The issue is whether or not the utility lines will reach that far.”
If the city moved forward with its plan to build a four-lane road, there is a high likelihood it would have to tear up the road later to insert the utility lines, he said.
According to Mayor Christian Price, the construction companies aren’t the only issue when it comes to negotiations. Both Global Water and landowners will have a say in the project details as well.
The city bought the Estrella Gin property for $3.2M in 2011 and paid almost $48K for a feasibility study for a business park. The new fire station is already on the property, a Public Works building is being constructed, and the Amtrak station will be moved to the site.
Last year, the city received a $250K Rural Economic Development Grant from the Arizona Commerce Authority to help extend Edison and access future businesses and facilities. There are 40 acres available for business development.
The change in the extension for Edison Road creates potential problems for the development of business in the area. The Estrella Gin Business Park has already seen significant delays.
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