Updated: Bullard Ave Improvement Project work continues in the medians, Greenway to Cholla
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), in partnership with the city of Surprise, is currently constructing the Bullard Avenue Improvement Project, a multi-modal roadway (Greenway-Peoria) featuring two vehicle lanes in each direction, protected bike lanes, new traffic signals (Acoma and Sweetwater intersections) and raised landscaped medians.
Here is the project update for the week of July 23, 2018:
Construction will continue in the medians between Greenway Road and Cholla Street, and extend outward to the bicycle lanes and sidewalks.
- Due to construction in the medians, travel lanes adjacent to the medians will be closed. North and southbound motor vehicle traffic will be moved to the former electric vehicle and bicycle lanes. Please be mindful of cyclists on the roadways; don’t compete, share the street! Drive Wise, Surprise!
- North and southbound left turn lanes at the Waddell and Cactus roads intersections will be closed intermittently.
- Irrigation will be established in the medians for future landscaping.
Construction crews will be onsite Mondays – Fridays, 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday hours may be added to keep the project on schedule.
Motorists should anticipate reduced speed limits and shifting travel lanes for the duration of the project.
The project is scheduled to be complete in early 2019, weather permitting.
Per the ADOT contract, the contractor must have a majority of the project complete in early November 2018 (approximately 120 days from construction start, weather permitting). They will have an additional 45 days (early 2019) to finalize any landscape maintenance issues and/or other punch-list items that may occur. There should be minimal traffic disruptions in the area after early November 2018.
To learn more about the Bullard Ave project, visit surpriseaz.gov/bullard.
For project-related questions, contact Suneel Garg at 623.222.6130.
New Adaptive Signal Control Technology activated along Bell Rd, Cotton Ln to 114th Ave
The Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), in partnership with the City of Surprise, and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), has activated new Adaptive Signal Control Technology (ASCT) along Bell Road between Cotton Lane and Avenue of the Arts/114th Avenue. The area is one of four implementation areas in the Bell Road Adaptive Signal Project and includes 17 intersections near the Bell Road and Loop 303 interchange.
In addition to the MCDOT project, the City of Surprise also installed adaptive signal control technology at additional city-operated intersections in the project area at 134th Avenue, Grand Avenue and 165th Avenue to improve efficiency along the entire corridor.
While the ASCT system is now operational, it is still considered to be in a test mode as the system is fine-tuned and adjusted in the coming weeks. Therefore, drivers in the area may not notice any immediate or significant changes to signal timing.
Adaptive Signal Control Technology automatically adjusts the timing of the green lights at intersections to accommodate for changing traffic patterns. The technology does this by receiving and processing real-time traffic data from strategically placed sensors which allow the system to determine the length of time lights should be green in order to improve traffic flow and reduce the amount of delay drivers experience on the roadway. The system is also optimizing the signal sequences as it is utilizing the most efficient signal sequence for the current traffic conditions.
More information about the project and how adaptive signals work is available at www.mcdot.maricopa.gov.
City offering up to $125 rebate for installing smart irrigation controllers
Surprise water customers who install a WaterSense®-labeled irrigation controller may be eligible to receive a rebate of up to $125 from the city!
The water conservation office is now accepting applications from single-family residential, homeowner association, and commercial water customers who install a WaterSense-labeled irrigation controller or convert an existing irrigation controller to a WaterSense-labeled controller.
Smart controllers act like a thermostat for your irrigation system, telling it when to turn on and off based on input from weather sensors and/or site conditions. Because they respond to daily weather changes, they are more accurate than are traditional pre-programmed controllers.
Find an eligible smart controller on the Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense site.
Single-family customers are eligible for one rebate; homeowner associations and businesses serviced by Surprise water may apply for a maximum of 10 rebates. The city will process rebates until April 30, 2019 or fund depletion, whichever comes first.
To learn more about the program, including eligibility information, visit surpriseaz.gov/H2Orebate.
Surprise to update development & design standards; public meeting July 24
The city of Surprise’s development and design standards are getting a comprehensive update for the first time since 2009, and we want you to join as we DevelopNEXT!
DevelopNEXT is an effort to simplify and modernize the city’s Land Development Ordinances and Planning and Engineering Design Standards. Through this update, we will be able to:
- Align our ordinances and design standards with the values described in our city’s General Plan 2035
- Implement new state statutes and federal guidelines
- Improve the city’s standards for site, open space, architectural design
- Consolidate the city’s design standards guides into one document
- Simplify and clarify the structure/organization of the documents and the rules within them, making them easier to read, administer and enforce
Community feedback will be an important part of the update process. Join us for the first DevelopNEXT community meeting:
- Tuesday, July 24, 6 p.m.
- Surprise City Hall – City Council Chambers
- 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise
In addition to gathering community comments to help shape these standards, we will be seeking feedback from developers, the Surprise Planning & Zoning Commission and the City Council. Adoption of the final, updated documents is anticipated for Spring 2019.
Become a Volunteer on Surprise Fire-Medical’s Community Emergency Response Team
The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is offering free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training for residents interested in volunteering in an emergency or disaster situation.
CERT is a FEMA program that educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
Thanks to grant funding from the Arizona Department of Homeland Security, the Surprise Fire-Medical Department is hosting two free CERT certification sessions this summer.
- Session One:
August 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25
- Session Two:
September 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22
Tuesday and Thursday classes are 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday classes are 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
A full 20-hour session must be completed for certification; makeup classes will not be offered.
All classes will be held in the Surprise Fire-Medical Administration Building, 14250 W. Statler Plaza, Suite 101, Surprise, AZ 85374.
For more information, or to register for the CERT training, please contact the Surprise Fire-Medical Department at 623.222.5000. Please note that seating is limited.
Touring outdoor photography exhibit “Neighbors” comes to Surprise, showcases residents
Larger-than-life photographs of Surprise residents and others from across the country will be featured in an outdoor art exhibit in the city’s Original Town Site (OTS), August 1 – October 31.
The exhibit, titled “Neighbors”, is the work of artist John Raymond Mireles. Over the past several years, Mireles has traveled to heritage areas in every state to photograph the people who live there. He is working to create an inclusive, expansive visual document of America through its people – one that captures a diverse range of individuals. The artist’s hope is that the exhibit will encourage viewers to relate to and empathize with their fellow “neighbors” across the country – helping each other feel welcome, safe and recognized.
If you go:
August 1 – October 31
Near the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N Hollyhock St.
Don’t miss these bonus opportunities!
Indoor Exhibit: The artist will showcase smaller versions of select photos at WHAM West Gallery August 1 – 31; open Tues. thru Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Artist Lecture: Hear about the artist’s travels and his inspiration for the project. August 3, 5 – 7 p.m. at WHAM West Gallery.
WHAM West Gallery is located at 16560 N. Dysart Rd., Surprise.
For the latest information, visit WHAM’s website at http://www.wham-art.org/surpriseneighborsexhibit.html or call 623.584.8311.