VOL. 17 ISSUE NO. 38   |  SEPTEMBER 21 – 27, 2011

SEPTEMBER 21, 2011

Former New River Road widening project replaced by improved safety measures

NEW RIVER – Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) crews are currently onsite conducting field surveys to identify ways to improve traffic safety along a one-mile section of the existing two-lane “S-curve” portion of New River Road between County Road and Gibbons Road.

Previous plans to widen New River Road between the I-17 Frontage Road and Desert Hills Drive and the elimination of the “S-curve” portion of New River Road by constructing a straight three-lane bypass have been withdrawn, according to MCDOT officials.

“I’ve directed our County Engineer to take a step back and look at what can be done along the existing New River Road to make it safer, yet still preserve the natural beauty and characteristics of the corridor,” said Chairman Andy Kunasek, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. “In short, I want the road to be safer without making it wider and more urban as originally suggested. The community doesn’t want a wider road and I just don’t think it’s necessary.”

The new plan calls for the installation of additional reflective curve warning, speed advisory signs and larger chevron signing to increase driver awareness of approaching curves, along with wider, super-reflective pavement markings and raised rumble strip lane edge striping through the curves.

"This is great news! Thanks to Maricopa County District 3 Supervisor Andy Kunasek for being responsive to the community’s voice.  The New River-Desert Hills Community Association has been involved with this project since the beginning and is very pleased that our efforts contributed to having Maricopa County reconsider their original “S-curve” plans," said Terry Marron, New River-Desert Hills Community Association.

Traffic Restrictions
During construction, traffic lane restrictions are anticipated. Be alert to changes in the temporary construction signage and flag persons when driving through the construction zones.  Please allow yourself extra time when driving through the areas, as there may be traffic delays. Access will be maintained for residents, businesses and emergency vehicles at all times.