Groundbreaking Held to Celebrate the Crismon Road Extension
The Crismon Road extension, from Queen Creek Road north to Germann Road, will provide an additional north-south connector for motorists.
The construction of the Crismon extension was celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 31. The project extends Crimson with one lane in each direction to Germann Road, with bike lanes and intersection improvements at Queen Creek and Germann roads. Germann Road is the Town of Queen Creek’s northern boundary, any extension beyond Germann Road would be completed by the City of Mesa.
During the groundbreaking ceremony, Mayor Barney shared the Town Council’s commitment to improving transportation infrastructure in Queen Creek and acknowledged some of the obstacles.
“Here in Queen Creek, we have geographic challenges when building north-south connectors. While we love our washes and the recreational opportunities and flood control that they provide, building roadways that safely cross those washes requires additional design and funding. The railroad, an important piece of our heritage, also presents challenges when designing and building roadways. The Town cannot construct any new at-grade crossings, which means any new roadways that cross the railroad must be built over or under the railroad, which is quite expensive. Despite these challenges, we are committed to improving infrastructure here in Queen Creek.”
The Crismon Road extension, anticipated to be complete in early 2018, is just one of the projects in the Town’s infrastructure improvement plan (IIP). The Town Council approved IIP identifies $175 million in roadway needs, adding 91 new lane miles through 41 projects over the next 10 years.
Projects within the IIP are prioritized based on traffic volume and availability of alternate routes. For example, Rittenhouse Road is a high priority based on call volume, but it cannot be widened until the Riggs Road extension is complete. Widening Rittenhouse Road, south of Ocotillo Road, requires expanding the bridge at the Queen Creek Wash to four lanes. Improving the bridge requires a complete closure of Rittenhouse Road, forcing motorists to use an alternate route, which will be the Riggs Road extension. The Rittenhouse Road project, from Village Loop North to Riggs Road, is currently being designed while the fourth phase of the Riggs Road extension, from Ellsworth to Crismon roads, is anticipated to be complete in the summer of 2018.
The Riggs Road project is being completed from Recker to Meridian roads in partnership with the Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) The improvements are being completed in phases. The final phase, from Crismon to Meridian roads, is anticipated to begin summer 2018. The Riggs Road corridor will serve as a major access point for the south-east portion of Town, and will help improve transportation throughout Queen Creek.
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Constance Halonen-Wilson, Public Information Officer