Transformation of the Maricopa skyline is beginning its early phases as demolition crews tear down three properties in the Heritage District this week.
First buildings torn down for overpass construction
- 44600 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway
- 44302 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway
- 44617 W. Honeycutt Road
The work located along Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway and Honeycutt Road comes in preparation for construction of the SR 347/Union Pacific Railroad overpass that is slated to begin later this year.
Of the two residential properties on Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway that were demolished, one was a structure used earlier in the year for Maricopa Police Department tactical training.
The third building, an equipment shed on Honeycutt Road, is also in the process of being torn down.
Workers are also removing foundations, fencing and vegetation at demolition sites.
Breinholt Contracting Company Inc. began demolition Wednesday and crews are expected to end the work July 12.
The Arizona Department of Transportation awarded the company $27,900 for the demolition, according to the Arizona State Transportation Board website.
ADOT went out to bid two weeks ago for the $37 million overpass construction, and will open the bids to candidate contractors Aug. 25. The full project, which includes realigning traffic flow on Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway and Honeycutt Road, property purchase and demolition, is estimated to cost $55 million.
ADOT Spokesman Tom Herrmann said overpass construction will begin in the fall.
“It will probably be October that we’ll actually start work on the bridge itself,” Herrmann said, adding the dates of future demolition projects in the Heritage District are yet to be scheduled.