Though groundbreaking for the construction of the overpass is expected in autumn, preparation work has been obvious along John Wayne Parkway from Hathaway Avenue to Alterra Parkway. That has already impacted traffic, and the City of Maricopa launched a webpage to keep residents apprised of road activity.
OverpassTracker.com offers updates and maps and links to the project page hosted by Arizona Department of Transportation.
Work this spring included relocating utility lines on portions of State Route 347, Honeycutt Road and Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway. Workers moved the fire administration building off its site in the path of the overpass to its temporary location on Edison Road. Parking shelters were also removed. Much of the work affecting traffic was done at night, but some utility work unexpectedly clogged daytime traffic as well.
The overpass webpage and a hotline (520-316-6910) were created to keep citizens informed of such changes.
The $50 million project creates six lanes on a bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks to relieve the convergence of more than 31,000 cars and 40 trains a day.
This article appears in the July issue of InMaricopa.