Gilbert Road improvements focus on Houston intersection for four days

The town is conducting a major reconstruction of deteriorated asphalt pavement on Gilbert Road from Baseline Road to north of Guadalupe Road. A new waterline is being installed.

Existing driveways will be removed and replaced to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements and various sidewalk or curb in need of replacement. New raised median islands and pavement markings will also be installed to provide additional safety by limiting left-turn movements near one another.

Status: Crews will work in the Gilbert Road and Houston Avenue intersection Jan. 2-5 to install valves in the middle of the intersection.

This work will take place during daytime hours, and because of the location of the work, no left turns will be permitted at the intersection.

Gilbert Road and Houston Avenue will remain open for travel. However, Houston Avenue traffic will not be permitted through the intersection and will only be permitted to make right turns to or from Gilbert Road.

This work at the Gilbert Road and Houston Avenue is taking place to minimize the likelihood of conflicts in the intersection once pipeline installation takes place in this area. The work is being done during the schools' winter break to minimize the impact on school traffic.

Gilbert Road remains open for travel during this work with traffic shifted away from the work zone, two lanes in each direction will be open for travel and left turns restricted near the work zone.

As main water pipeline installation is completed in each segment, installation of lateral lines will take place. As lateral line installation crosses Gilbert Road to the east or west from the main pipeline, an additional lane restriction may be in place, during off-peak hours only.

Access to businesses will be maintained during this work.

Timeline: Nov. 19-early 2019.

Cost: $6.149 million.

Funding source: Town bonds, funds.

By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.