The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) recently chose a contractor for a $41.9 million project to relieve congestion in the area of US 60 (Grand Avenue) and Bell Road in Surprise, Arizona.
The Arizona State Transportation Board went with the proposal by Coffman Specialties, which will design and build a bridge on Bell Road, creating an interchange to allow more steady traffic flow on Grand Avenue.
“A condensed schedule not only avoids having construction continue through the holiday shopping season and next year’s spring training, but provides for the safety of workers and motorists,” Dallas Hammit, ADOT’s state engineer and deputy director for transportation, said.
ADOT and Coffman collaborated with local communities to create a plan that will have limited impact on residents' lives.
"This project is so very important to the city of Surprise, as it will provide much-needed traffic relief at the county's third-busiest intersection and enhance the aesthetics at a signature gateway into our beautiful city," Surprise City Manager Bob Wingenroth said. "I applaud our partners at ADOT in working in concert with city staff to ensure a construction plan that protects local business access throughout the work, and I encourage people to continue to support these businesses during the condensed construction schedule."
Officials plan for construction to start later this month and run through March. Bell Road at Grand Avenue will be closed in April. This closure will last between six and eight months, as the crews build the bridge above Grand Avenue.