Traffic to be squeezed on southbound SR 347 for month for median beautification 


Traffic on southbound State Route 347 will be squeezed and slowed just north of Cobblestone Farms Drive/Lakeview Drive Monday through Oct. 21 although two lanes will be open while Maricopa completes the final leg of its median-beautification project. 

The lane closest to the median will be closed, however a traffic-flow modification will keep two lanes moving at reduced speed by routing vehicles onto the second lane and shoulder area.

The project began early this year and runs from the Union Pacific Railroad overpass to the city’s northern border. 

It includes installation of footers for the long-awaited “M” monument, which will greet drivers entering the city from the north on SR 347. Those footers are scheduled to be drilled the first week in October. 

The monument project is moving forward after the recent agreement between the city and Arizona Department of Transportation that cedes control of the highway within city limits to Maricopa. 

Crews from Haydon Construction on Monday will begin removal of irrigation lines, low voltage wires and lights that might be in the way of asphalt demolition, which begins the following Monday, Sept. 26.  

Two southbound lanes will remain open at all times during the project, according to Juan Ramirez, project manager for Haydon Construction.  


  1. 6 weeks! What! How about 6 weeks of ‘weekends’ only for beautification. Traffic is getting really bad and this will exacerbate things exponentially. And we all know the road coming out of Maricopa at Rancho is in complete shambles. Come on city manager, Please think things thru before you put this burden on our city.

  2. It is sad and hilarious at the same time how little the city thinks of the residents. Clearly they have not spent countless hours commuting to and from work on 347. Because if they had spent any time doing it, they would know, no one stares at the median thinking this would all go away with some beautification.
    Every penny spent should be on improving the traffic flow or road repairs.