Gilbert Road to be repaved through Heritage District starting May 21

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Road work will restrict traffic on Gilbert Road until the beginning of July. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Road work will restrict traffic on Gilbert Road until the beginning of July. (Courtesy Fotolia)

The town of Gilbert will repave a 1.5-mile stretch of Gilbert Road from Olive Avenue, south of Guadalupe Road, to Long Meadow Drive, north of Warner Road—a stretch that includes the Heritage District.

Work begins May 21 and will run until about July 1. It will run weekdays from about 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Gilbert Road will remain open for travel with traffic shifted away from the work area, maintaining at least one lane in each direction.

Access will be maintained, but as the work crosses side streets and driveways, there will be brief periods of 15-20 minutes when access will be restricted. Crews will work to expedite these restrictions. Police officers and/or flaggers will be on-site to assist with the management of traffic.

Crews will work to lower utilities, such as manholes and valves, on May 21-22.

Crews will conduct asphalt patching, as necessary, in miscellaneous areas May 26-27.

The removal and overlay of asphalt on Gilbert Road will be completed in two sections: May 28-29 and June 9-10 from Long Meadow Drive to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks; and June 1-4 from the tracks to Olive Avenue.

Crews plan to work first in the outside lanes, followed by the inside and middle lanes.

Once the repaving has been completed, crews will raise utilities to make them flush with the new road surface and apply striping.

Additionally, crews will stamp and color asphalt at crosswalks and in median locations identified for this work from about June 10 with an anticipated completion after three weeks.

Gilbert has contracted with Sunland Asphalt for the work.
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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