Update: Construction is anticipated early 2016 through summer 2017.
A project to improve the busy Bell Road intersection with Grand Avenue (US 60) is anticipated to begin by early 2016. Plans call for the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) to select a design-build team to construct a new Bell Road bridge over Grand Avenue and the adjacent railroad tracks. The bridge will replace the current ground-level railroad crossing along Bell Road, to eliminate the traffic congestion caused by passing trains and conflicts with the existing signalized intersection.
With the new interchange design, through traffic on Grand Avenue will no longer have to stop at Bell Road. Instead, the two roadways will be connected via new on- and off-ramps constructed along the Grand Avenue median. Bell Road traffic will only need to stop for traffic signals at the new Grand Avenue ramps. View the virtual drive video below to see what to expect when construction is complete.
Since the project gained federal environmental clearance in 2014, ADOT has been preparing for the selection of a combined design-and-construction team of contractors later this year. Actual construction is scheduled to begin by early 2016 and be completed in summer 2017.
A significant project like this will undoubtedly create challenges for the project team, the traveling public and some local businesses. However, ADOT is committed to mitigating construction impacts to area businesses with a comprehensive access plan and appropriate signage. The public can stay up to date on the project's progress and any planned closures and restrictions by signing up to receive email updates from ADOT.
Questions about this and other ADOT projects can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. ADOT's Project Hotline is 855.712.8530.
Construction is scheduled to begin early 2016.