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Northern Parkway Project, Pt. 2, Begins 2017

Credit: Maricopa County Department of Transportation

By Cecilia Chan for Independent Newsmedia

The second segment of a 12.5-mile roadway through the Northwest Valley, which will carry more vehicles and allow for faster speeds, kicks off next year.

Glendale City Council heard an update last week on the Northern Parkway project, which will connect the central and western portions of the city, reducing congestion and facilitating traffic flow from new developments in the western area.

The project first surfaced in 2001 when a Glendale Citizens Advisory Committee saw a need for a regional east/west route west of I-17. The road in the vicinity of Northern Avenue will connect Loop 303, Loop 101 and Grand Avenue through Glendale, El Mirage, Peoria and portions of unincorporated Maricopa County.

The parkway will have limited access with overpasses at major intersections. The project is on track for completion by 2025 when the bulk of the funding expires.

The first four miles between Loop 303 and Dysart Road opened for traffic in 2013.

Last year, grade-separated interchanges were completed at Litchfield and Reems roads and landscaping completed between Sarival Avenue and Dysart Avenue.

Work will begin in 2017 on the transformation of a 2.5 mile stretch from Dysart Road to 111th Avenue into a four-lane road with two lanes in each direction. Maricopa County Department of Transportation is the lead agency.

The construction is expected to be completed in 2019.

Future sections include six thru lanes with turn lanes and six intersection improvements from 99th to 91st avenues, six-lane limited access arterial with turn lanes at major intersections from 99th to 111th avenues and additional turn lanes at major intersections from 91st to Grand avenues.

The $328.6M project is funded 70 percent by regional funds from Proposition 400, a countywide half-cent sales tax approved by voters in 2004 that expires in 2025. The remaining tab is split among the project partners, Glendale 40 percent; the county, 30 percent; Peoria, 20 percent and El Mirage 10 percent. To date, $126.9M has been paid.

Glendale’s share of the cost is $34.8M,of which the city has already paid $31M.

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5 Comments on Northern Parkway Project, Pt. 2, Begins 2017

  1. I have been asking about Northern Parkway for 2 years. I was told the contract was awarded last month. 2 years late for the extension to a hundred and 11th Avenue. So far I haven’t seen a single grader out there a month later. Did you spend the money the cities gave you for this project? Every time I have called you you have told me that this is on track apparently there is a problem. In accordance to your own information Northern Parkway to 111th is to be finished in 2019 two years behind schedule. It will be very interesting to see how you pull this off. In two years my County Supervisor mr. Hickman will be running for office. So far I have not been able to contact him in the entire time he has been on Council very very disappointed I voted for him.

    • Looks like its still in the design phase but Pulice Construction was awarded as the GC. Also, not sure why you have claimed to call us, we have nothing to do with this project. We are just reporting the news.

  2. Is there a website we can go to that has updates on this project? I have to drive this road from the 303 to the 101 5 days a week, and the traffic just sucks.

  3. Dennis Moore // January 25, 2019 at 8:39 pm // Reply

    Glad to see Part II of theNorthern Parkway is starting to take off. Looking forward to its completion!!

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