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Weekend Closure of Ellsworth Road North of Ocotillo Road Beginning March 17

Post Date:03/09/2017 8:54 a.m.

Ellsworth Road will be closed north of Ocotillo Road from Friday, March 17 at 7 p.m. to Monday, March 20 at 5 a.m. as part of the Ocotillo Road improvements from Ellsworth Loop to Heritage Loop.

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There will be no access to Ocotillo Road from the north at Ellsworth Road during the closures; Ocotillo Road will remain open. The closure will allow for the removal of asphalt and paving the base. Completing the section with a full closure instead of a flagging operation increases efficiency, safety and stability. 

The Ocotillo Road 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 roads. The project also includes converting the overhead electric to underground on Ocotillo Road, and construction of a parklet on the northwest corner of Ocotillo and Ellsworth roads. The project is anticipated to be complete summer 2017. 

Other road improvement projects under construction:

  • Riggs RoadRecker to Power: The Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is in the process of improving Riggs Road from Recker to Ellsworth Road, the second phase of a five phase improvement project. The project includes widening the roadway to include new travel and turn lanes, drainage modifications and traffic safety upgrades. The project is anticipated to be complete fall 2017.

Road improvement projects currently in the design phase include:

  • Crismon RoadQueen 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 summer 2017.
  • Power RoadOcotillo 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. The project also includes 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 2017. 

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Media Contact:

Constance Halonen-Wilson, Public Information Officer