A lot has Already Changed with San Tan Valley Roads, and More Changes are Coming
Beginning on March 16 crews started working at the intersection of Johnson Ranch Boulevard and hunt Highway to reconstruct the west side of the intersection. Johnson Ranch Boulevard will be closed at Hunt Highway and will not have access to Hunt Highway during the duration of the work, which is expected to take 4 – 5 weeks to complete.
Johnson Ranch Boulevard traffic has been detoured to Desert Willow, Thistle Trail, Golf Club Drive. Hunt Highway traffic has been shifted away from the work zone and will soon have access to the new Gantzel Road extension once the permanent traffic signal is installed at the Hunt Highway and Johnson Ranch Boulevard intersection.
The Gantzel Road extension is starting to take shape as the base layer of the road, and the curbs have been poured. This extension is slated to be completed by April, and seems to currently be ahead of schedule.
Following the opening of Gantzel Road and scheduled for late May of 2018 Hunt Highway will be closed between Johnson Ranch Boulevard and Red Road for crews to reconstruct that segment of Hunt Highway. Traffic will be detoured to Gantzel Road for three months while this portion of Hunt Highway is reconstructed.
It was also announced that Hunt Highway will be going through a major change. The county had wanted to widen Hunt in the area of the Arizona Farms intersection. That area of the road crosses into the Gila River Indian Community, so the county needed to work with the Gila River Community.
The community was not willing to offer any longer terms than 50 years. The county decided that the only way they would move forward was to have a perpetual easement, which would allow the use of the land indefinitely for Hunt Highway.
With this comes a decision to reroute Hunt highway away from the Gila Indian Community land. There are currently three different routes proposed, and all of them would cross into State Trust Land instead of Gila Land.