Bell-Grand update: Work underway on ramps to-from Grand Avenue

Overnight closure of Grand Avenue scheduled to start Friday, Sept. 23

Workers on Bell/Grand Ramp Construction SiteSURPRISE – As a bridge carrying Bell Road over Grand Avenue (US 60) continues taking shape, crews are building retaining walls for ramps to and from Grand Avenue.

These walls, used elsewhere on the bridge, hold stabilized earth for the structure.

Work on the $41.9 million Arizona Department of Transportation project will require these traffic restrictions:

  • Grand Avenue will be closed in both directions between Dysart and Litchfield roads from 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, to 5 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, to allow crews to remove scaffolding from the bridge. Traffic will detour at Dysart and Litchfield roads.
  • Grand Avenue will then be narrowed to one lane in each direction from 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, for installation of a storm drain pipe.

Bell/Grand Ramp Construction SiteOther work scheduled in the next week includes installing sidewalks and handrails on the Bell Road bridge and continuing to reconstruct eastbound Grand Avenue. For now, Grand Avenue traffic is sharing what will be the westbound lanes.

Bell Road is closed between 134th Avenue and West Point Parkway to reduce the project’s length and lessen the overall impact of construction. Drivers can access nearby businesses throughout.

ADOT expects to reopen Bell Road on Nov. 22, though unforeseen circumstances such as weather can affect project timelines. The entire interchange is scheduled for completion by spring 2017.

The primary detour routes while Bell Road is closed are Dysart, Greenway and Litchfield roads. Drivers should observe signs and speed limits and note that law enforcement officers are patrolling.