I-17 101 traffic interchange

At Bell/Grand project, overnight closure of Grand Ave. Oct. 28-29 for painting

At Bell/Grand project, overnight closure of Grand Ave. Oct. 28-29 for painting

October 21, 2016

SURPRISE – Work on an overpass and interchange at Bell Road and Grand Avenue (US 60) will require an overnight closure of Grand Avenue next week to paint the new bridge.

Grand Avenue will be closed in both directions from 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, to 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, with traffic detouring at Dysart and Litchfield roads. During that time, crews will paint the bridge where it crosses Grand Avenue.

Other work scheduled in the coming week includes paving the east side of the Bell Road bridge and installing a park-and-ride traffic signal at 134th Avenue. Crews continue reconstructing what will be the eastbound lanes of Grand Avenue and adding retaining walls and stabilized earth that will create on- and off-ramps and the bridge’s center.

The $41.9 million Arizona Department of Transportation project is on track to reopen Bell Road on Nov. 22, though extreme weather and other unforeseen circumstances can cause delays. The entire interchange is scheduled for completion in spring 2017.

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.

Grand Avenue traffic through the project area is sharing what will be the westbound lanes.

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.