I-17 101 traffic interchange

Bell-Grand: Crews continue getting Bell Road ready for paving

Bell-Grand: Crews continue getting Bell Road ready for paving

October 7, 2016

SURPRISE – The next week of construction on an overpass and interchange carrying Bell Road over Grand Avenue (US 60) includes adding concrete to the bridge deck on the west side of the project and continuing to get Bell Road ready for paving.

The $41.9 million Arizona Department of Transportation project remains on track to reopen Bell Road on Nov. 22, though unforeseen circumstances such as extreme weather can affect construction timelines.

While they continue building retaining walls holding stabilized earth to create the center of the bridge and ramps to and from Grand Avenue, crews are adding a median to Bell Road on the west side of the project area, and installing sidewalks and lighting on Bell Road and the bridge.

Other work scheduled for the next week includes continuing to create new eastbound Grand Avenue lanes through the project area. 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.