Public Information Office
For Immediate Release: June 23, 2006
Well-Attended Meeting Indicates Great
Interest in Van Buren/Other Street Projects
(GOODYEAR, AZ) People kept streaming in to fill the room and questions kept coming for more than an hour showing how interested Goodyear residents are in improvements planned for the two-mile stretch of Van Buren St. between Litchfield Rd. and Estrella Parkway. City engineering staff, members of the firms that designed the long stretch of street improvements and representatives of the construction company that will begin the 10-month street reconstruction project in mid-September answered the public’s questions at an Open House on June 22 at Goodyear City Hall.
Attendees heard that available right-of-way will allow the road to be improved to a maximum of five lanes. A 20-year traffic projection in the City’s 2003 General Plan Update was utilized for planning this street project. As a result of the study, designers planned two westbound and three eastbound lanes. Since Van Buren is on the eastbound side of the I-10 freeway, an extra eastbound lane was designed for the arterial street to ease congestion that often occurs when I-10 eastbound traffic exits onto Van Buren because of interstate backs ups.
To inconvenience the public as little as possible, Van Buren St. will not be closed (unless for some unforeseen problem) during the construction period that will last until August 2007. Pulice Construction Co. will begin by constructing three new eastbound lanes south of the current two lanes, while traffic continues uninterrupted in both directions on the current roadway. Once the three new eastbound lanes are completed, traffic will switch to those new lanes and reconstruction will begin on the current dual-lane roadway to provide the two westbound lanes.
The intersection at Bullard Rd. and Van Buren St. will be completed as a full intersection with left and right-hand turn lanes as well as the only traffic signal currently planned along the two-mile stretch of Van Buren. To allay the public’s concerns, designers assured the group that conduit is being laid under the road that will allow future
traffic signals at 143rd Ave., 145th Ave., Sky Way Church, and 152nd Ave. when traffic patterns warrant signals.
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The curb of the widened road should be at least 35 feet from the wall along the Centerra subdivision and the Centerra Well that currently sits in the right-of-way on the south side of Van Buren is being relocated to the north and will be removed at the end of the summer to accommodate the street improvements. A 40 or 45-mph speed limit will be posted on the street which will be covered in rubberized asphalt adjacent to the residential areas between Estrella Parkway and the new bridge across Bullard Wash to help mitigate sound problems.
Meeting attendees expressed concern about the delays in the Van Buren improvements being made near Cotton Lane. David Ramirez, Goodyear City Engineer, assured the crowd that the City is concerned as well and is focusing its efforts on getting the County and the many contractors and developers involved in that project to coordinate better and finish as soon as possible. Van Buren west of Cotton Lane is in the county, not the city. He explained that the City’s policy is for developers to complete the roads along their developments. When only one developer is involved, projects usually go faster than when multiple developers are involved in the same area.
McDowell Rd. Improvements. Meeting attendees also had many questions about future improvements to McDowell Rd., Bullard Ave., and Yuma Rd. They learned that McDowell Rd .will be widened to six lanes – three in each direction, as called for in a twenty-year traffic study of the projected retail corridor. An improvement district involving major developers in the corridor -Westcor and Evergreen-Devco – is being formed to install the infrastructure and road improvements needed to support the future Estrella Falls Regional Mall and the surrounding power centers. PebbleCreek Parkway will be improved to six lanes between I-10 and the Thomas Road alignment where it will transition to four lanes which currently exist from that point north.
Bullard Ave. Improvements. Bullard Ave. will be widened to four lanes in each direction between I-10 and McDowell Road and three lanes in each direction between McDowell Road and Encanto Blvd. ADOT will begin construction in Fall 2006 of a freeway interchange at Bullard Ave. with both on and off-ramps. The interchange should be completed by Fall 2007 in time for the opening of the first retail power centers along McDowell Rd. and a year before the regional mall is scheduled to open in late 2008.
Design should be completed in six months for the mile of Bullard Ave. between Yuma Rd. and Van Buren St. Construction of this new roadway is scheduled for 2007/08, connecting at the north end to the full blown intersection being constructed as a part of the Van Buren reconstruction project.
Yuma Rd. Improvements. Money has been budgeted in Goodyear’s 2006/07 Capital Improvement Program to design improvements for Yuma Rd. between Litchfield Rd. and Estrella Parkway. Construction is not in the City of Goodyear’s five-year Capital Improvement Program. General maintenance will be done by the City until Yuma Rd. is improved.
For questions on the Van Buren St. project, please call Project Manager Al Gonzales at 623-882-7979.