CLOSURE POSTPONED: Ocotillo/Ellsworth intersection roadwork postponed

To remove the existing traffic signal at the intersection of Ocotillo and Ellsworth roads, a full intersection closure will be in place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 11. (Courtesy of the town of Queen Creek)

To remove the existing traffic signal at the intersection of Ocotillo and Ellsworth roads, a full intersection closure will be in place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 11. (Courtesy of the town of Queen Creek)

The town of Queen Creek has postponed its plans to close the intersection of Ocotillo and Ellsworth roads in Queen Creek Nov. 11 so workers can remove the existing traffic signal, Constance Halonen-Wilson, the town’s public information officer, said in an e-mail yesterday evening.

Ms. Halonen-Wilson said she would notify the public when the new intersection closure date has been confirmed.

The project plans include restricting eastbound and westbound left-turns at the intersection until December, according to a press release.

The new intersection is part of several road improvement projects under way in the town. Ocotillo Road is currently under construction from Ellsworth Loop to Heritage Loop. Improvements include expanding Ocotillo Road from two to four lanes with a center turn lane, adding curb, gutter, landscaping, bike lanes and sidewalks.

New traffic signals will be installed at the intersections of Ellsworth and Ocotillo roads, and Heritage Loop and Ocotillo Road.

The project also includes converting the overhead electric to underground on Ocotillo Road and construction of a small park on the northwest corner of Ocotillo and Ellsworth roads.

Work on this project is anticipated to be complete by summer, according to the release.

The Ocotillo Road improvement project from Crimson Road to 218th Place is nearing completion. The project includes half-street improvements on the south side of Ocotillo Road including an additional eastbound lane, a center turn lane, street lighting, sidewalk and bike lanes.

Road improvement projects currently in the design phase include:

  • Crismon Road – Queen Creek to Germann: The project consists of paving, curb and gutter to extend Crismon Road north from Queen Creek Road to Germann Road with one lane in each direction; it will also include intersection and streetlight improvements. Construction is anticipated to begin spring 2017.
  • Power Road – Ocotillo to Brooks Farm: Widening the roadway to three lanes in each direction with a center turn lane with curb and sidewalks. Improvements will also include undergrounding utilities, irrigation and a box culvert crossing at Sonoqui Wash. Construction is anticipated to being in summer 2017.
  • Ellsworth & Queen Creek Intersection (Phase 2): Realignment and softening of the Ellsworth Road curve at the Queen Creek Road intersection. The intersection will shift slightly north to improve traffic flow and movement. Improvements also include street, drainage, irrigation, waterline, sidewalk, landscape and traffic signal improvements from Walnut Road to Fulton Parkway and slightly east on Queen Creek Road. Construction is anticipated to being in early 2018.

New and improved roadways fall under the superior infrastructure goal identified in the Queen Creek Corporate Strategic Plan; the town is committed to investing in Queen Creek’s roadways.

Completed road improvement projects include:

  • Ellsworth and Queen Creek intersection (Phase 1): The first phase included 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.
  • Riggs Road from Ellsworth Road to Hawes Road: The Maricopa County Department of Transportation is widening Riggs Road from Recker to Meridian roads. Hawes to Ellsworth was the first of five phases to be improved. The second phase – Power to Recker roads – is under construction.

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