Road improvements are a top priority in Queen Creek right now, but this could mean some short-term congestion for drivers.
Crews recently completed work on Pima Road, so there is now a direct connection to Queen Creek Road. This is great for drivers, but also means there will be a lot more traffic on Queen Creek Road.
Crews have installed a temporary traffic signal to help ease congestion, and they're also adding left and right turn lanes in several spots. This should help with short-term traffic trouble.
Long-term plans to help address increased traffic volumes are also underway, including the following projects:
Crismon Road – Queen Creek to Germann: The project consists of paving, curb and gutter to extend Crismon Road north from Queen Creek Road to Germann Road with one lane in each direction; it will also include intersection and streetlight improvements. Construction is anticipated to begin summer 2017 with completion in late 2017.
Ellsworth & Queen Creek Intersection (Phase 2): Realignment and softening of the Ellsworth Road curve at the Queen Creek Road intersection. The intersection will shift slightly north to improve traffic flow and movement. The project also includes street, drainage, irrigation, waterline, sidewalk, landscape and traffic signal improvements from Walnut Road to Fulton Parkway and slightly east on Queen Creek Road. Construction is anticipated to being in late 2017 with completion in fall 2018.
In July, the Town will begin the design of widening Queen Creek Road to a five-lane roadway from Ellsworth Road to Crismon Road. The Town will also begin the design of widening Rittenhouse Road from Riggs Road to Village Loop North in July.
Pinal County plans to extend Germann Road from Ironwood to Meridian roads in 2018.
Other road improvement projects under construction in Queen Creek include:
Ocotillo Road – Ellsworth Loop to Heritage Loop: The Ocotillo Road improvements include expanding Ocotillo Road from two to four lanes with a center turn lane, adding curb, gutter, landscaping, bike lanes and sidewalks. New traffic signals will be installed at the intersections of Ellsworth and Ocotillo roads, and Heritage Loop and Ocotillo roads. The project also includes converting the overhead electric to underground on Ocotillo Road, and construction of a parklet on the northwest corner of Ocotillo and Ellsworth roads. The project is anticipated to be complete summer 2017.
Riggs Road – Recker to Power: The Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is in the process of improving Riggs Road from Recker to Ellsworth Road, the second phase of a five-phase improvement project. The project includes widening the roadway to include new travel and turn lanes, drainage modifications and traffic safety upgrades. The project is anticipated to be complete fall 2017.