By Constance Halonen-Wilson, Public Information Officer, Queen Creek

Widening Rittenhouse Road, from Riggs Road to 213th Street, requires widening the bridge over the Queen Creek Wash. The construction of the new bridge requires closing Rittenhouse Road at the wash.

The closure will be sequenced to take place after the Meridian Road extension, from Cherrywood south to Combs, is complete in spring 2020. Meridian Road will serve as an important bypass during the closure. The sequencing of the bridge will also align with the completion of the Rittenhouse Road improvements, anticipated to be complete in late 2020.

“We understand how impactful road construction can be on our motorists,” stated Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney. “Closing one of our major roadways, Rittenhouse Road, is not a decision we make lightly. However, it is necessary to safely construct the bridge as efficiently and economically as possible. To help mitigate the impacts, the majority of the closure will take place during summer break.”

The roadway and bridge are being completed as two projects to increase efficiencies and reduce the impact to motorists while maintaining costs.

The Rittenhouse Road project includes two lanes in each direction, right turn lanes at intersections, bike lanes, intersection upgrades – including realigning the Cloud Road intersection, utility upgrades and widening over the spur crossing north of Riggs Road. The current improvements were designed by Kimley-Horn with construction being completed by DCS Contracting.

Phase one of Meridian Road, a joint project with Pinal County, includes an interim two-lane roadway, with a bridge over the Queen Creek Wash. Additional phases include a permanent two-lane roadway from Combs to Cherrywood, the Ocotillo intersection and Queen Creek Road to the future SR 24. Logan Simpson completed the environmental permitting, T.Y. Lin completed the design and Rummel Construction, Inc. is completing the construction.

The total cost for the three projects is approximately $23 million, a substantial investment in the Town’s transportation system. Queen Creek is committed to better roads ahead. The Town’s Transportation Master Plan identifies $195 million in roadway needs, adding 91 new lane miles through 41 projects. Projects are prioritized based on safety, traffic volume and availability of alternate routes.

As roadway improvements continue, please slow down, allow extra time for travel and be courteous of motorists and work crews.