Traffic signal coming to Empire/Gantzel intersection in San Tan Valley

 A traffic signal will be coming to the intersection of Empire Boulevard and Gantzel Road in San Tan Valley.

“I am pleased to say that our public works department will be installing a traffic signal on the corner of Empire and Gantzel that should be up and running by late summer or fall,” Pinal County Supervisor Cheryl Chase, District 2, said in a press release.
The Pinal County Public Works Department conducted a survey of the intersection in 2015 and found that the traffic numbers warranted a signal.  Public works staff members included the signal costs in a capital improvement plan for 2016.
“By law we have to submit a design study before we install a traffic control device on any roadway,” Supervisor Chase said.  “Once we started seeing the traffic numbers rise and the amount of accidents rise, we immediately conducted a study to verify a signal was needed.  We are currently discussing with the local utilities to see if they can expedite relocation of their lines so we can get working on this as soon as possible.”
A temporary traffic signal was unavailable and any traffic control device spanning the roadway would need a design study to be placed there, according to the release. In the meantime, drivers are asked to slow down and obey all traffic laws in order to minimize the chances for a collision.
Pinal County District 2 in general serves San Tan Valley and parts of Queen Creek, including San Tan Mountain Regional Park, and some areas north and south.

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