Traffic shifts east as Gilbert Road improvements project continues

Road improvements continue on Gilbert Road south of Baseline Road.

Road improvements continue on Gilbert Road south of Baseline Road.

Traffic will be shifted to east side of Gilbert Road on May 28 as the road improvements on the road from Guadalupe to Baseline continue, according to Gilbert officials.

Crews will place temporary striping May 28 on the east side of Gilbert Road so that traffic can make the shift and so work can begin on the west side of Gilbert Road for the new asphalt surface.

Once the traffic is shifted, crews will begin roadway reconstruction on the west side of Gilbert Road (southbound lanes), beginning just south of Baseline Road and working south. Crews will remove the asphalt surface and also the subsurface of the roadway on the west side of Gilbert Road in the project area May 28-29.

Southbound Gilbert Road from Baseline Road to just south of the traffic signal entry to the Fry’s Plaza will be reduced to one lane southbound to accommodate work in the middle of the roadway.

In addition, during this work access will not be permitted into the Fry’s Plaza at the Gilbert Road traffic signal. However, the remaining Gilbert Road driveways will be available as will entrances on Baseline Road.

Officials anticipate the area will be paved back late the week of June 10, so that the signalized driveway can be reopened and southbound Gilbert Road can once again accommodate two lanes of travel during construction.

Other driveways will be ramped to provide access to businesses, However, though usually only one driveway will be accessible during this work so that the contractor can begin rebuilding the subsurface of the roadway to prepare for paving.

As this process crosses driveways, there will be periods where the driveway will be inaccessible for a short time until it can be ramped for use.

Project plans


Crews recently completed work on Gilbert Road on the north end of the project to construct the middle of the roadway from approximately the Fry’s Plaza entry to Baseline Road and two lanes northbound were restored last week.

The Gilbert Road improvements project includes reconstructing asphalt roadway, and replacing existing driveways to comply with ADA requirements and various sidewalk or curb in need of repair.

New raised median islands and pavement markings will also be installed to provide additional safety by limiting left-turn movements near one another.

The town anticipates the project, which began in November, to be completed for fall 2019. The town funded the $8.2 million project.
By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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