Road closures and more: Top stories from this week in Gilbert, Chandler

The Arizona Department of Transportation has announced closures and restrictions for Loop 101 this week. (Damien Hernandez/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Arizona Department of Transportation has announced closures and restrictions for Loop 101 this week. (Damien Hernandez/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Arizona Department of Transportation has announced closures and restrictions for Loop 101 this week. (Damien Hernandez/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the most popular stories covering Gilbert and Chandler from this week on Community Impact Newspaper’s website.

ADOT announces upcoming closures, restrictions on Loop 101 through Chandler

The Arizona Department of Transportation announced upcoming closures and restrictions on a stretch of Loop 101 through Chandler.

Pedal Haus introduces new position to ensure restaurant remains clean during COVID-19

The owner of the downtown Chandler eatery has adapted his operations during the pandemic by creating a “chief sanitizing officer” position.



Chandler USD superintendent says district is looking into flexible options for next school year

Chandler USD Superintendent Camille Casteel said the district has convened a task force to develop options for returning to school in line with directives from state officials as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released updated guidelines for reopening schools.

Enjoy wine, beer in the park in downtown Chandler beginning Friday, May 22

Through the city’s “Dine in the Park” initiative, visitors to downtown Chandler can purchase drinks to go from restaurants and enjoy them at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park West.

Gilbert’s population pushes past 250,000 in Census Bureau estimate

The latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the town of Gilbert’s population grew 21.9% from 2010-19.

Alexa D’Angelo and Tom Blodgett contributed to this report.



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