By Edward Gately for The Arizona Republic
A bridge across Indian Bend Wash at Thomas Rd. will get a dramatic makeover next year as part of a $4 million streetscape project and $1.3M in intersection improvements. The overall streetscape project includes most of Thomas between the Hayden and Scottsdale roads intersections. The bridge is just west of the Hayden intersection.
The first project will be the streetscape, which involves widening Thomas to create bicycle lanes, improved striping, wider sidewalks and a landscape buffer between the sidewalk and street, said Gary Meyer, project manager.
The project will include adding landscaped medians, upgrading the road with rubberized asphalt and installing lower-level pedestrian lighting, he said.
In 2014, the city should begin construction on improvements to make the Thomas-Hayden intersection safer for vehicles and pedestrians.
The project will add a second left-turn lane to all four intersection approaches and reconstruct the medians to eliminate some of the existing turns allowed, said Paul Porell, the city’s traffic engineering director.
The city is in discussions with SRP over who will pay for replacing an old irrigation pipe that will not accommodate the new construction. SRP relies on the pipe to deliver canal water to such customers as El Dorado Park, Coronado High School and Coronado Golf Course for irrigation.
The 30-inch pipe stretches about a quarter-mile, which is “a significant portion of the project, and it’s costly because you have to dig up the old pipe and put in a new, improved pipe and those costs run about $150 per linear foot, including removal and reconstruction,” Meyer said.
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