By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
The City of Phoenix hopes to start construction to extend Chandler Boulevard between 19th and 27th avenues in May of 2016. Actual timelines for the $7-9M project, however, will depend on the outcomes of various components in a multi-party lawsuit (AZBEX, July 7) to prevent construction of the 22-mile Loop 202 extension between Phoenix and Chandler.
According to Kini Knudson, Phoenix Street Transportation Department assistant director and city engineer, Chandler Blvd. must be extended prior to freeway construction in the area. Last month Phoenix City Council granted approval to pursue right of way considerations from the Arizona State Land Department on four state land parcels needed for drainage as part of the project.
At present, Chandler Boulevard ends at 19th Avenue. The residential development west of 19th currently uses Pecos Road to access their community. Once the freeway is developed, Pecos will no longer serve as a local street. Consequently, Chandler Boulevard must be extended to provide access before Pecos is converted.
The city’s component of the project will be to build a street with one lane in each direction with a middle turn lane on what will ultimately be the north side of Chandler Blvd. The state land to the south is currently vacant and will ultimately be developed into the second half of the street by ADOT and their development teams, according to Deputy Director Jenny Grote.
The city conducted a one-step design-build procurement this spring and chose Hunter Contracting to oversee the project. Engineering services are provided by Kimley-Horn. Preliminary design is in process, with technical engineering getting underway in the next few months after the project gets the go-head to commence construction work.
Grote said construction is tentatively planned to commence in May 2016, but that all timelines are currently up in the air due to litigation delays. The project was originally scheduled to open in May 2016.