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Valley cities under construction moratoriums to ease holiday shopping stress

Posted at 7:29 AM, Dec 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-19 09:29:40-05

MESA, AZ — Still have holiday shopping left to do this weekend? Several Valley cities are under construction moratoriums that could make getting to and from stores less stressful.

"The intent behind it is to try to mitigate the amount of roadway restrictions," said Mesa traffic control supervisor Craig Brisbois, adding the goal is to keep roads free and clear "so the traveling public can get to their places that they need to get to, whether it's family, friends or their favorite shopping area."

In Mesa, the citywide construction moratorium goes from November 15th through January 1st. If there is an emergency or especially important construction project, Brisbois said there are exceptions to the rule but, in general, city officials work with contractors to complete their work before the deadline or resume work after the moratorium ends.

"The more spending that we can get in the city to our places of business that we have here, obviously, it's a revenue for the city that we get that tax base, or that tax dollar," he said.

ABC15 reached out to several other Valley cities to ask whether they had similar moratoriums.

PHOENIX -- Moratorium goes from November 28th - January 1st and applies to routine maintenance and construction activities near shopping centers, big-box stores and online shopping warehouses.

GLENDALE -- Moratorium goes from November 27th - January 1st. The city focuses on downtown Glendale, the Bell Road corridor, Westgate and the area around 83rd Avenue and Union Hills Drive.

CHANDLER -- Moratorium goes from November 15th - January 1st and applies to street construction and maintenance activities adjacent to large shopping centers.

SCOTTSDALE -- Moratorium goes from November 25th through April 3rd and applies to construction and maintenance activities that restrict traffic for specific areas of the city. Weekend and evening work considered on a case-by-case basis.