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May 4, 2018

Milestone reached on Arizona Avenue improvements
Construction to move from west side to east side of avenue

After working 16 weeks to install wider sidewalks and new driveways on the west side of Arizona Avenue south of downtown, construction crews are prepared to move to the east side of the street beginning Monday, May 7.

Arizona Avenue between Pecos and Frye roads is receiving new landscaping, wider sidewalks, raised medians, bike lanes, streetlights and a new traffic signal at Fairview Street. The project’s first phase focused on the west side of the street and now is transitioning to the east side.

Old asphalt, sidewalks, curbing, streetlights and landscaping will be removed in preparation for the new improvements. Traffic that was shifted to the east side of the street during the first phase now will be shifted to the west side.

Arizona Avenue is a four-lane roadway, two lanes in each direction. The contractor will work to maintain two lanes of travel in each direction with a center turn lane during this work; however, on-street parking will not permitted along this stretch of Arizona Avenue. Business access will be maintained and temporary signs are being used to direct downtown traffic and highlight business access.

Landscape crews will continue working on the west side of Arizona Avenue to complete the installation of decomposed granite. Landscape plantings for the west side will be installed later in the project when the east side is planted. This will avoid the stress that comes with the summer heat, maximize efficiency and ensure plantings look similar in growth.

Construction on the east side of Arizona Avenue is scheduled to take three to four months to complete, followed by median island installation in the center of the roadway. Included in the construction will be the replacement of 1,700 feet of an aging waterline beneath Frye Road west of Arizona Avenue. This work is to begin in June. The entire project is to be completed in October, 2018.

Kreuzer Consulting Group of Mesa performed the engineering design. The hardscape and landscaping design work was accomplished by J2 Engineering & Environmental Design of Phoenix. Banicki Construction has a $6.4 million contract to build the improvements and MakPro Services is assisting the City with public outreach and business relations.

For ongoing information on the project, visit or contact the project hotline at 480-898-4060.