Chandler USD school board approves agreements with Chandler, Gilbert regarding new schools

Chandler USD district headquarters (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Chandler USD district headquarters (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Chandler USD district headquarters (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Chandler Unified School District.
The Chandler USD governing board approved April 22 agreements with local municipalities for roadwork in relation to the construction of two new schools—one in Gilbert and one in Chandler.

The first agreement is with the city of Chandler and pertains to the construction of the district's newest high school—temporarily dubbed High School No. 7. The agreement includes the following improvements: the addition of a third northbound lane on Gilbert Road from the north end of the school property to approximately 250 feet south of the Brooks Farm Road intersection; new traffic signals at the intersection of Gilbert and Brooks Farm roads and at the school’s new main entrance on Gilbert Road as well as associated turn lanes and deceleration lanes; curb and gutter, sidewalks, storm drainage, signing, striping, erosion control, and other related or incidental work along the school’s Gilbert Road frontage; and any and all other improvements along the school’s Gilbert Road frontage as required by city’s design standards.

The city has agreed to design and construct the district improvements in exchange for the district's agreement to reimburse the city for all costs associated with the improvements. The city will perform the work in conjunction with other roadway improvements along Gilbert Road.

The district approved a second agreement with the town of Gilbert for improvements at the intersection of East Ocotillo Road and South 148th Street related to Rice Elementary School, which is scheduled to open for the 2020-21 school year in Gilbert.

According to the agreement, Gilbert determined that the western curb line of South 148th north of East Ocotillo does not align with the western curb of the South 148th south of East Ocotillo.The town feels that "such misalignment will cause problems with traffic circulation through and within the intersection," according to the agreement.


The agreement stipulates that the school district will correct the misalignment during the construction of the school. The town will reimburse the district for the cost of the intersection improvements.


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