Transportation improvement projects slated across Surprise in 2016

To meet the needs of a growing Surprise, the city is working on several significant transportation improvement projects. The projects range from constructing additional lanes, to paving new areas, to enhancing safety through new medians.

The city has created a 2016 Transportation Projects Map for easy reference. The map shows the areas where the work is happening and their expected timelines.

2016 Surprise Transportation Project Map

The following projects are currently underway:

Original Town Site (OTS) Infrastructure Improvement:,This project will replace old asphalt with pulverized asphalt in the OTS. The project began in December 2015 and is scheduled to conclude February 2016.

Cactus Road (north half) from 140th Avenue to Bullard Avenue:This project includes half street improvements with a median. DMB is the project owner, with the City contributing to median costs. The project is underway and is expected to conclude in spring 2016.

Waddell Road Median (Litchfield Road to 1200 feet west): Work to add a landscaped median west of Litchfield Road began in January 2016 and is expected to run through February 2016.

Peoria Avenue (Reems Road to Sarival Avenue): Project will provide two travel lanes in the westbound direction. Lennar has started construction, which is expected to be completed in February 2016.

Greenway Road (Bullard Avenue to Litchfield Road): Project will add an additional lane in each direction. This project began in January 2016. Work is scheduled to be completed in June 2016, weather permitting.

The following are upcoming projects:

Cactus Road (south side) from Litchfield Road to Rail Road Tracks & Litchfield Road (east side) from Cactus Road to Desert Cove Road: The project will provide two travel lanes in one direction along Cactus (eastbound) and Litchfield (northbound). Construction is expected to begin in February 2016.

Landscaping Median (various locations): The project focuses on completing medians in the following locations:

Reems Road—Peoria to Cactus (1 mile) Bullard Avenue—Peoria to Cholla (1/2 mile)
Waddell Road—175th to Citrus (1/2 mile) Sarival Road—Bell to Northwest Ranch Parkway (900 feet)

Construction is expected to begin in March/April 2016 with the individual sections prioritized as listed above.

Peoria Avenue (south side) from Greer Ranch Parkway to Reems Road: The project will provide two travel lanes in the eastbound direction. Construction will begin in April 2016.

Additionally, the Arizona Department of Transportation is managing several major improvement projects in and around the city. Loop 303 interchange connections at both U.S. 60 (Grand Ave.) and El Mirage Road are expected to be completed this summer. Early work on the Bell Road bridge, which will carry traffic over Grand Avenue and the adjacent railway tracks, has begun. The project is scheduled to be completed over the next 14 months (in spring 2017). The full closure of Bell Road between 134th Avenue and West Point Parkway is scheduled to start April 1 and will be in place for 6 – 8 months. For more information on this project, please visit www.azdot.gov/bellandgrand or call ADOT’s project hotline at 1.855.712.8530.

All project timelines are weather permitting. Please note, this list does not include regular (short duration) pavement preservation and maintenance or sidewalk maintenance projects

You can find this list of improvement projects and other important city transportation information online at www.surpriseaz.gov/transportation.

Bell & Grand Avenue Update

On January 15, the Arizona State Transportation Board approved Coffman Specialties Inc.’s proposal to build the Bell Road bridge.  Bell Road/Grand Avenue will be a Median Urban Diamond traffic interchange with Bell Road traveling over Grand Avenue and the railroad tracks. This project is utilizing the design-build contracting method, which provides flexibility while the contractor’s designers work hand in hand with the construction team to deliver an improved connection between the two roadways.

Grand Avenue Off-ramp onto Bell Road
Grand Avenue Off-ramp onto Bell Road

Work to relocate utilities near the intersection will require varied daytime and nighttime restrictions on Bell Road now through the month of February. The nighttime work will extend through March. Additional work in the area includes drilling for soil samples related to construction.  To lessen the impact on drive-time commutes, daytime work will be limited between the hours of 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.  Evening work will be conducted from 9 pm until 5 am.  Every effort is being made for relocation work to occur mostly during overnight hours.

The overall construction timeline for this project is 14 months with final completion scheduled in spring 2017.  Construction on Grand Avenue is scheduled to begin January 29.  Drivers can expect Grand Avenue narrowed to two lanes in each direction from Towne Center to Bell Grande.

The full closure of Bell Road between 134th Avenue and West Point Parkway is scheduled to begin on April 1, after spring training. Bell Road will be entirely closed for up to 8 months to accommodate construction of the bridge.

Once the Bell Road closure begins, 134th Drive will become a cul-de-sac but a new 134th Avenue (from Bell Road) will be created.  Access to the businesses in this particular area will be possible during construction off of Dysart Road, until the new 134th Avenue is completed.  West Point Parkway will be the main access point for Surprise Marketplace and Surprise Towne Center traveling east on Bell Road.  Business access points will also be available via Grand Avenue as well.

This full closure allows the contractor to complete the work more quickly, improves safety for construction workers and motorists, and minimizes traffic impacts during peak travel.  ADOT’s project team expects to reopen Bell Road to traffic in time for the holiday shopping season in November 2016. While not all of the work will be completed by that time, reopening Bell Road will allow improved access to businesses in the area.

Any necessary closures of Grand Avenue will primarily be scheduled at night or on weekends. Construction along the Grand Avenue median will set the stage for the addition of the median on- and off-ramps that will connect to the new Bell Road overpass. Most of that heavy construction will conclude by late this year, although drivers can expect restrictions along Grand Avenue through the project’s completion next spring. The work will be done in stages, with the initial work focusing on the center median area and the ramp construction. Later in the schedule, traffic will be switched toward the median to allow construction of the Grand Avenue “through lanes” in the area.

When the full closure of Bell Road is put in place, the primary north-south detour routes will be Dysart Road (east of Grand Avenue) and Litchfield Road (west of Grand Avenue), with Greenway Road serving as the primary east-west detour route. “Soft” closures of Bell Road will be in place at Dysart and Litchfield roads, while local traffic will still be able to travel as far as 134th Avenue on the east side of Grand Avenue and to West Point Parkway west of Grand Avenue.

A detour map is provided for you below as well as the project contact information for ADOT.

Bell Rd. & Grand Ave. project detour map
Bell Rd. & Grand Ave. project detour map

ADOT, in partnership with the city, will always work to inform the public about planned project restrictions, however, there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur.

For more information on this project, please visit azdot.gov/bellandgrand and sign up to receive email updates at azdot.gov.   ADOT has set-up a hotline at this project as well (1.855.712.8530).