To accommodate growth on the city’s west side, Maricopa will have a second overpass crossing the Union Pacific railroad tracks. The overpass will be on Green Road and provide access to planned housing developments and aid in the development of a John Wayne Parkway bypass route.
The overpass and other improvements to Green Road will be paid for through developer impact fees.
Rodolfo Lopez, the city’s acting director of development services, said improvements on Green Road should begin within two years and take 12 to 24 months.
Preliminary drawings show the overpass having three lanes in each direction, plus a small shoulder. Lopez said the cost of the project is yet to be determined.
The project is part of a larger city transportation initiative rolled out by City Manager Rick Horst during the city’s annual planning meeting in January.
Horst said the improvements to Green Road are part of a larger concept that would create a “ring road” around the city, allowing truck traffic and those looking to avoid John Wayne Parkway a way to bypass the city’s main arterial.
Green Road would be extended to the north, with that northern section turning east north of Cobblestone Farms, then tying into State Route 347 on the north end of the city.
When completed, the expanded Green Road will tie into McDavid Road on the south, where it would provide access for residents of new developments planned for the area.