Paving starts on Gilbert Road project between Baseline and Guadalupe roads


Paving began Aug. 7 on the center of Gilbert Road as work on the street project between Baseline and Guadalupe roads begins to wind down.

This round of paving is putting down the base course, or bottom layer, of asphalt in the center of Gilbert Road. The work began at 3 a.m. to minimize its effect on traffic.

Paving of the surface course, or top layer, is scheduled for the week of Aug. 12.

As the paving work crosses side streets and driveways, access may not be permitted during short periods of time. Officers or flaggers will assist in managing traffic.

Once the paving activity is complete, crews will work to adjust utilities, such as manholes and valves, to make them flush with the new asphalt surface.

The work is to reconstruct Gilbert Road from just north of Guadalupe to Baseline. The town anticipates substantial completion at the month’s end.

The town of Gilbert is paying the $6.15 million cost of the project.

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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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