Town, contractor negotiating resumption of work on Recker Road

The town of Gilbert has been working to improve Recker Road to minor arterial standards between Ray Road and the Loop 202-Santan Freeway. (Courtesy Fotolia)
The town of Gilbert has been working to improve Recker Road to minor arterial standards between Ray Road and the Loop 202-Santan Freeway. (Courtesy Fotolia)

The town of Gilbert has been working to improve Recker Road to minor arterial standards between Ray Road and the Loop 202-Santan Freeway. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Street work on Recker Road between the Loop 202-Santan Freeway and Ray Road has been halted after the town issued a notice to terminate the contractor, according to town officials.

However, the town and Standard Construction Company are negotiating for resumption of the work, town spokesperson Jennifer Harrison said.

The town issued the notice of termination Oct. 15 for what it described as several uncured contractor defaults, or a failure to perform any of its material obligations under an agreement. Harrison said negotiations are ongoing concerning the contractual obligations and the improvements, but she did not identify what the construction problems were.

The project is to make improvements on Recker Road that it will bring it to minor arterial road standards in keeping with the “Gateway Character Area” standards from the town’s general plan.

Those road standards include four lanes, a raised and landscaped median, landscaping, bike lanes, sidewalks and streetlights.


The total cost of the project is budgeted at $3.94 million, being paid for by town funds and bonds, the Maricopa Association of Governments, developer contributions and investment income, according to the town's capital improvement plan.

Standard Construction Company was the low bidder among six companies on the street work, at $2.63 million, when bids closed Feb. 12, 2020, according to town documents. Council approved the contracted amount March 24, 2020, on the consent agenda.
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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