Global Water Resources notified residents by email and door-hangers Friday that a section of Honeycutt Road will be closed after Christmas.
The work between White and Parker Road and North Rancho Mirage Boulevard on the east side of Maricopa is to take place from 5 a.m. Dec. 26 to 5 a.m. Dec. 30. The closure will impact traffic to and from Rancho Mirage, Tortosa and Sorrento.
Global Water General Manager Jon Corwin said the work is for preventive maintenance.
“We are installing a liner in the water main along Honeycutt Road,” he said in an email to InMaricopa. “As you may recall, we’ve had two main breaks over the past three years by the Honeycutt bridge heading towards Rancho Mirage and Tortosa. The intent of the liner is to reduce the risk of future main breaks and extend the life of this water main.”
Traffic, which is already routinely backed up at the four-way stop on White and Parker at Honeycutt, will be rerouted with detour signs.
The public notices stated the project is “designed to protect the long-term viability of the infrastructure.”
In a related update, the full signalization of the four-way stop is expected before the end of June, which is the end of the fiscal year. City Engineer Joshua Plumb said the traffic signal is in the design stage. He said it will not completely offset the current configuration but is expected to move traffic through the area more quickly. It is budgeted for $350,000.