Numerous road improvement projects under way, to come in Queen Creek

The town of Queen Creek celebrated Public Works Week May 15-21. With the theme “Always There,’”Public Works Week was a reminder of the important, core functions the professionals in the public works field provide on a daily basis.

The Queen Creek Public Works Department, led by Troy White, includes many divisions including streets, solid waste, recycling, facility maintenance, the capital improvement program, fleet and municipal grounds.

Recognizing the need to build and improve roadways, the Queen Creek Town Council approved a number of CIP road projects, according to a press release.

Ocotillo Road and Ellsworth Road, two of the major roadways in Queen Creek, are receiving a number of improvements. Three projects are currently planned for Ocotillo Road. They are:

•Ocotillo Road from Power to Recker: A new two-lane roadway is being constructed to connect Power and Recker roads. The project is anticipated to be complete in June, and will be the first roadway connecting the town’s east and west boundaries.

•Ocotillo Road from Ellsworth Loop to Heritage Loop: Improvements include expanding Ocotillo from two to four lanes with a center turn lane, curb, gutter, landscaping and sidewalks. The project also includes improvements to the intersection of Ocotillo and Ellsworth roads and a new traffic signal at Ocotillo and Heritage Loop roads. The project is expected to begin in June.

•Ocotillo Road from Crismon Road to 218th Place: Half-street improvements on the south side of Ocotillo will include an additional eastbound lane, sidewalk and bike lanes. This project is will significantly improve the flow of traffic near Queen Creek High School, 22149 E. Ocotillo Road, and is expected to start by the end of the month.

Two projects are currently planned for Ellsworth Road. They are:

•Ellsworth Road from Ryan to Germann: The  project  will  include  half -street improvements with an additional southbound lane, center turn lane and sidewalk on the west side. The project is anticipated to be complete this summer.

•Ellsworth and Queen Creek intersection: The project will be completed in two phases. The first phase will include work along Old Ellsworth Road and Walnut Road, adding a cul-de-sac turnaround on Old Ellsworth Road, a new connector street and a landscape buffer separating Ellsworth Road and Ellsworth Loop. Phase one is expected to begin by the end of the month. The second phase will realign the intersection of Ellsworth and Queen Creek roads to modify the compound curve.

A variety of other roadway construction projects are also underway, or in the design phase, including the intersection of Sossaman and Chandler Heights. The intersection was closed on May 21 for final paving.

For more information, visit the town’s CIP projects webpage.

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