Bell/Grand: Median work looks toward reopening Bell Road in November

Work continues on ramps to, from Grand Avenue (US 60)

Aerial view of Bell Road and Grand Avenue OverpassSURPRISE – Crews building a $41.9 million overpass and interchange at Bell Road and Grand Avenue (US 60) are reconstructing a median on Bell Road while they continue adding ramps to and from Grand Avenue.

The median work, on the east side of the Arizona Department of Transportation project, is among steps crews are taking to get Bell Road ready to reopen. That’s expected to happen on Nov. 22, though extreme weather and other unforeseen circumstances can affect project timelines.

Other work scheduled for the next week includes adding to retaining walls that will hold stabilized earth to support on- and off-ramps connecting Bell Road with Grand Avenue. This work also will create the center of the bridge.

Crews continue building new eastbound Grand Avenue lanes through the project area and adding sidewalks and handrails to the Bell Road bridge. 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.

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.

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