Construction set for pedestrian bridge over railroad tracks on Western Powerline Trail

Western Powerline Trail
A pedestrian bridge will be built over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks at the Western Powerline Trail in Gilbert. (Rendering courtesy town of Gilbert)

A pedestrian bridge will be built over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks at the Western Powerline Trail in Gilbert. (Rendering courtesy town of Gilbert)

Construction on a bridge to allow pedestrians to cross railroad tracks on the Western Powerline Trail in Gilbert is set to start in early June.

In preparation, the Vaughn Avenue Basin, about one third of a mile west of Gilbert Road, was closed May 25. It will remain closed through the end of construction, which is scheduled to be complete in February 2021.


The trail will remain open, and improvements to it for one eighth of a mile on either side of the bridge are set to be included in the project.

Union Pacific Railroad and the Arizona Department of Transportation are joining with the town on the project. Gilbert is contributing $1.33 million in funds from its Capital Improvement Projects and General funds.

A Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant of nearly $2.83 million from the Federal Highway Administration also will be applied to the project.
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.