Crews will remain busy with road construction along Val Vista Drive

Val Vista Drive
Road work will be a fact of life in 2020 along Val Vista Drive. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Road work will be a fact of life in 2020 along Val Vista Drive. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gilbert has three capital improvement projects planned for Val Vista Drive this year and another that comes up to it as well as private development work.

“We will be working on several projects along Val Vista Drive in 2020," Town Engineer David Fabiano said. "Not all of the work can be completed in 2020, and we appreciate the community’s patience as we make these necessary improvements.”

Baseline to Guadalupe reconstruction

The town is reconstructing deteriorated asphalt from Baseline to Guadalupe roads. The project also calls for additional bike lanes, updated landscaping in the medians and refreshing three traffic signals with flashing left turns. That work has been delayed until March and is projected to last 12 months at a cost of $6.32 million from town funds.

Eastern Canal bridge


A smaller project in the area will reconstruct the bridge deck over the Eastern Canal on Val Vista. A trail crossing signal also will be added. The timing on that project is uncertain as the town awaits approval from the Roosevelt Water Conservation District, but the design is complete and should go to bid this spring, officials said. That project will cost $1.06 million coming from town funds.

Germann Road widening

The town anticipates construction for its Germann Road widening between Gilbert Road and Val Vista Drive to begin this summer and last 16 months. The town is acquiring land ahead of having the project bid out. The money for the $24.61 million project comes from town funds and bonds and regional funds.

Appleby to Riggs widening

The town is widening Val Vista’s south end from Appleby Road—about where Val Vista narrows to one lane in each direction—to Riggs Road. The result will be a six-lane section from Ocotillo Road to Merlot Street with a raised landscaped median, bike lanes, sidewalks and streetlights. This project costs $25.96 million coming from bonds, town and regional funds. Construction is anticipated to start in February and last 16 months.

Maracay Homes

Maracay Homes is doing infrastructure work for its Waterston residential project along Chandler Heights Road to Val Vista. Maracay has not released a date for anticipated completion.
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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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