By Eric Jay Toll for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
Chandler staff is asking city council approval for more than $572M in capital projects over the next five fiscal years. Staff is seeking nearly $100M for the coming fiscal year. The largest chunk, $30M is proposed for water system improvements, with $28M proposed for Streets and Traffic. In addition to those dollars, Maricopa Association of Governments is proposing an addition $43M for regional road projects in Chandler.
Combined $71M for Chandler Streets Next Year
With the MAG projects, Chandler is investing $71M into its transportation network. Of that amount, $18.5M is coming from fees paid by private developers. The private contributions towards street projects (Shown on the MAG Program Projects table) pay for improvements to Ocotillo, Lindsay and Queen Creek roads. Private dollars also pay for improvements to widen Arizona Avenue.
The largest road project $14.6M is on the MAG budget to widen Chandler Boulevard from four to six lanes from Colorado Street to McQueen Road. That budget swells by another $8.1M for intersection improvements. Ocotillo Road widening is budgeted at $10.5M, with $8.5M paid by private development contributions. Queen Creek Road is slated for $5.0M in four privately funded MAG widening projects and another $1.8M in a city segment from McQueen to Gilbert roads.
Water and Wastewater Top $338M Over 5 Years
Chandler has major plans for water and wastewater facilities during the next five years. The city proposes $53M in capital projects in the next fiscal year, but the gem in the budget is a new Chandler water reclamation facility, $114M, planned for Fiscal Year 2015-16. This year, the city plans $12.8M in water reclamation facility improvements, part of $22M it plans to spend over the next five years.
Water main replacements and production facility improvements are budgeted for $4.2M in FY2014-15, with $18M planned over the next five years. The Water Department has the largest volume of projects, $33M, proposed for the coming fiscal year.
Other Capital Projects Total $20M Next Year
The city proposes to spend an additional $20M on other capital projects next year. A quarter of that, $5M is set for San Marcos Plaza Phase II. For projects in Fiscal 2014-15, Chandler projects $2M for Citrus Vista Park and a like amount for airport stormwater improvements. The remainder of the capital budget is allocated for smaller projects across the various departments.