Chase: Ironwood Road safety project becoming a reality

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors approved the design concept for the upcoming Ironwood Road safety improvements.

Last year, the board voted to bond for these safety improvements along with the current work on the Hunt Highway widening project.

The safety improvements will span 5 miles from Elliot Road south to Germann Road.

I am excited to see these improvements beginning to become a reality. I, like you, are concerned about the safety of our drivers.  As you will see these improvements will go a long way in helping to reduce accidents, but please remember, drivers also must exercise caution as well. Too many times I have heard from our deputies on the road who say speeding drivers on this stretch of Ironwood Road are a big hazard to them and other drivers.

The safety improvements to Ironwood Road will be:

•12-foot shoulders

•A cable barrier in the median

•Left-hand turn lanes in many areas

•Median slopes and side slopes will be flatter and not as angled as they are now

•Updated signs and pavement markings

These improvements are designed to provide a safer shoulder area for our deputies, stopped vehicles and emergency responders.

I am glad we are able to get these improvements off and running soon. Remember, ultimately it comes down to you to drive safe and obey the traffic laws.

Cheryl Chase
District 2
Pinal County Board of Supervisors

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