Concrete work starting for Val Vista Drive widening project

Traffic barricades
Barricades will be in place on Val Vista Drive even during off hours. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Barricades will be in place on Val Vista Drive even during off hours. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Construction continues to widen Val Vista Drive from Appleby Road to Riggs Road to three lanes in each direction.

Concrete crews will begin working Oct. 29 to construct driveways on the east side of Val Vista Drive at Via Del Rancho and Via Del Palo and north of Brooks Farm Road.

The contractor will conduct this work so as to maintain access for residents.

This work is expected to take about two weeks to complete, and traffic-control barricades will remain in place during nonwork hours.

Drivers are asked to proceed with caution and obey traffic signage because it is placed for the safety of residents, travelers and contractor crews.

Work continues on Val Vista Drive between Appleby Road and Riggs Road with traffic still one lane in each direction shifted away from the work zone.

Work is nearing completion for private irrigation components north of Ocotillo Road and for storm drain pipe and retention basins as part of the drainage system.

Work also continues for installation of block walls north of Brooks Farm Road.

Concrete crews are working to install a sidewalk south of Chandler Heights Road, and following that work, crews will begin installation of catch basins from Chandler Heights to Ocotillo.

Construction is expected to be complete in late summer 2021.

The $25.96 million project is being paid for from town bonds and funds and Maricopa Association of Governments funding.
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.